The issue of close air support by the United States Air Force in sup-port of, primarily, the United States Army has been fractious for years. Air commanders have clashed continually with ground leaders over the proper useof aircraft in the support of ground operations. This is perhaps not surprisinggiven the very different outlooks of the two services on what constitutes prop-er air support. Often this has turned into a competition between the two serv-ices for resources to execute and control close air support operations.Although such differences extend well back to the initial use of theairplane as a military weapon, in this book the author looks at the period 1946-1973, a period in which technological advances in the form of jet aircraft,weapons, communications, and other electronic equipment played significantroles. Doctrine, too, evolved and this very important subject is discussed indetail.Close air support remains a critical mission today and the lessons of yesterday should not be ignored. This book makes a notable contribution inseeing that it is not ignored.