Accession Number : ADA255152

Title :   Strategic Airlift Limitations in a Changing World Environment.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Scherbinske, Donald A.

Report Date : 05 JUN 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 90

Abstract : This study investigates the limitations of strategic airlift in light of occurrences during the DESERT SHIELD deployment, and the changing strategic environment. The limitations and their importance are shown through an examination of the changing strategic environment, strategic airlift performance in DESERT SHIELD, and the comparison of the base force US based contingency force to the force deployed for DESERT SHIELD. Strategic airlift is important for rapid deployment of the US based contingency force in a world which is seeing an increase in regional conflicts. Additionally, the United States is reducing military forces, and relying on deployability to replace forward presence. This study examines the factors which limit the pace at which strategic airlift can deploy a force, and whether the current strategic airlift force can deploy a US based contingency a force in less than ninety days. Strategic Airlift, DESERT SHIELD, Deployment, Aircrew, Basing, Base Force.

Descriptors :   *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, *RAPID DEPLOYMENT, COMPARISON, CONFLICT, DEPLOYMENT, DESERTS, ENVIRONMENTS, FLIGHT CREWS, LIMITATIONS, RAPID DEPLOYMENT, UNITED STATES, MILITARY OPERATIONS, THESES, THREAT EVALUATION, MILITARY STRATEGY.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE