Accession Number : ADA309934

Title :   Force Protection of Strategic Airlift Forces in the Operations Other Than War Environment.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Hanley, James N.

PDF Url : ADA309934

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : This monograph examines the U. S. military capability to defend strategic airlift aircraft against current and projected threats in an humanitarian assistance operations. The size of the Joint Task Force (JTF) is frequently restricted by political, material, and environmental considerations. Consequently, the JTF commander must consider developing a Time Phased Force Deployment Data List that provides force protection for the airlift force that meets the possible threats and responds to mission constraints. Recent studies suggest two trends: (1) the military airlift aircraft are not equipped to handle the threat, and (2) the JTF must also provide protection to those aircraft flown by Non-Governmental Relief Organizations (NGOs) and the CRAF. This monograph is divided into five sections. Section one, the introduction, establishes the purpose of the study and the significance of the research question to the US military: Are planned air defense measures adequate to defend airlift forces against hostile threats during OOTW? Section two examines the present threat to strategic airlift aircraft in the OOTW environment and concludes that the man-portable surface-to-air missile is the ideal weapon to attack the airlift bridge at the airfields. Section three analyzes current National, Service and Joint doctrines for their force protection requirements and responsibilities of the airlift force in the humanitarian assistance environment. Doctrine recognizes the importance of airlift, but does not provide air defense to the entire airlift force, civilian aircraft are not included in this protection. Section four reviews recent military experiences during Operations RESTORE HOPE, in Somalia, and SUPPORT HOPE, in Rwanda. The force protection lessons learned during Somalia were ignored in Rwanda.

Descriptors :   *AIR DEFENSE, *SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, *STRATEGIC WARFARE, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, POLICIES, LESSONS LEARNED, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, THREATS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, TASK FORCES, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, LANDING FIELDS, SOMALIA, MILITARY PLANNING, MANPORTABLE EQUIPMENT, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, MILITARY TACTICS, COMBAT FORCES, REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, AIRCRAFT DEFENSE SYSTEMS, PEACEKEEPING.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Surface-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE