Accession Number : ADA180154

Title :   Expeditionary Airfield Concept - A Call for Modernization.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Hatch,James E

PDF Url : ADA180154

Report Date : 23 Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : An analysis of two aspects of the Marine Corps' expeditionary airfield concept--logistic support and airfield survival suggests that existing procedures are extremely vulnerable vis-a-vis the modern threat. Threat capability is steadily growing as a result of the development of accurate, long range, stand-off delivery systems, capable of inflicting severe damage to expeditionary facilities. Existing methods of establishing airfields ashore are based on operational concepts developed in the Pacific during World War II, when air supremacy was, in most cases, the norm. Refinement of the concept, subsequent to the conclusion of World War II, has not reflected a modification of the basis assumption of air supremacy. Tactical aviation, an essential ingredient in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) ashore, may be, in the final analysis, dependent of the support and survival of the expeditionary airfield. An option that alleviates existing logistical shortfalls is addressed. Survival shortfalls are identified for future resolution. (Author)

Descriptors :   *LANDING FIELDS, *AERIAL WARFARE, *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, VULNERABILITY, AIR TO SURFACE, TASK FORCES, DAMAGE, SURVIVAL(GENERAL), THREATS, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), LONG RANGE(TIME), MARINE CORPS, DELIVERY, TACTICAL AIRCRAFT, WARFARE, SURVIVABILITY, FACILITIES, STANDOFF

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE