Joint Targeting and Air Support in Counterinsurgency:
How to Move to Mission Command
This article articulates the disconnect between current joint close air support / targeting doctrine and the doctrine and practices of counterinsurgency warfare. It shows how joint doctrine does not support—and often undermines—doctrine developed by the Army and Marine Corps for guerilla warfare built around mission command. Additionally, the article describes how the joint targeting community, led by the Air Force, can integrate this concept into its doctrine while strengthening both the supporting and supported mission in accordance with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s white paper of April 2012.