WASHINGTON — A major exercise last summer involving military units that would be used in the event of a Middle East crisis was largely successful, but spotlighted coordination and communication problems, a Pentagon report released Wednesday said.
The report on the exercise, code-named Gallant Eagle '86, faulted the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force for a lack of coordination among pilots flying ground-attack missions, and the Navy and Army for some confusion in unloading equipment from cargo ships.
On the ground, Marines and members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division displayed an "outstanding ability" to link up with each other after soldiers parachuted in, the report said. But without elaborating, it also found that more work was needed to improve the spotting and firing of artillery pieces to cover the activity of ground forces.
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The study also found that early-warning AWACS planes had been unable to effectively use a satellite link for communication, although that problem was solved by using different equipment.