Accession Number : ADA299378

Title :   Strategic Airlift Inefficiencies from Desert Shield to Vigilant Warrior.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

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

Personal Author(s) : Bossert, Philip A., Jr

PDF Url : ADA299378

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 140

Abstract : This study analyzes the strategic airlift inefficiencies of planning and basing from DESERT SHIELD to VIGILANT WARRIOR. With the increasing importance of strategic mobility in U.S. defense strategy, it is imperative that airlift be utilized in the most efficient manner possible. Planning is dividing into deliberate (long-term) planning and crisis (short-term) planning. These areas are further subdivided into such specific areas as OPLANs, TPFDLs, communications with airlift planners and the airlift users, closure rates, C2 systems, in-transit visibility, and JOPES use. Basing is divided into the availability of airfields and base infrastructure. These are further divided into the existence of enroute and forward operating bases, use of aerial refueling, stage bases, communications, us of Global Reach Laydown Packages, and trained personnel. This study compares the strategic airlifts of RESTORE HOPE, SUPPORT HOPE, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, and VIGILANT WARRIOR using DESERT SHIELD as a benchmark. This study concludes that strategic airlift efficiency has improved because of the efforts of Air Mobility Command and U.S. Transportation Command, but more needs to be done.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MOBILITY, TRANSPORTATION, CLOSURES, IRAQ, KUWAIT, STRATEGY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, RATES, EFFICIENCY, AVAILABILITY, VISIBILITY, LANDING FIELDS, MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, DEMOCRACY, REFUELING IN FLIGHT.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE