Accession Number : ADA301378

Title :   Organizing, Training, and Equipping the Air Force for Crises and Lesser Conflicts,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Builder, Carl H. ; Karasik, Theodore W.

PDF Url : ADA301378

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 111

Abstract : According to its basic doctrine, 'The Air Force is responsible for the preparation of the air forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war and military operations short of war... and... for the expansion of the peacetime components of the Air Force to meet the needs of war.' Preparation of the necessary air forces means to 'organize, train, equip, and provide forces' to carry out all the operations required to fulfill the Air Force's primary and collateral functions (now, more commonly called 'missions'). Throughout the Cold War, the forces 'necessary for the effective prosecution of war' clearly dominated over the other two responsibilities. The Cold War threats required ready forces that were capable, if necessary, of prosecuting a war to termination in hours or days. The immediacy and high stakes of those threats made mobilization for war and operations short of war lesser considerations. So, for more than 40 years, the efforts to 'organize, train, equip, and provide forces' focused on 'the effective prosecution of war,' while operations and mobilization short of war were handled as issues on the margins of Mr Force priorities. That Cold War focus may be contrasted to the peacetime, pre-World War II era when the emphasis was on mobilization and operations short of war.

Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE TRAINING, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, *AIR FORCE EQUIPMENT, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, EMERGENCIES, PEACETIME, THREATS, MOBILIZATION, MILITARY DOCTRINE, SHORT RANGE(TIME), COLD WAR.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE