Accession Number : ADA312647

Title :   Navy Organic Theater Airlift: A Viable Option for the Operational Warfighter.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Thompson, John M.

PDF Url : ADA312647

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : This paper introduces the reader to the structure, capability, and accessibility of the Naval Reserve Force's Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons to Unified Comander's in Chief (CINCs), and matches these capabilities against the warfighter's typical theater airlift requirements. As part of the Navy's 'Total Force' concept, active and reserve forces operating together to maximimze U.S. combat capability, Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons of the Naval Reserve operating C-9/C-130/C-20 aircraft are a critical component to deployed fleet operations. Not just a force in reserve, but a force 'in being', these squadrons represent the Navy's sole organic theater airlift capability, providing high-tempo, responsive, flexible, and reliable intratheater movement of high-priority personnel and cargo to the constantly moving carrier battle and amphibious ready groups, 365 days-a-year, around-the-clock, and around the world. Theater airlift is a valuable resource in which demand invariably exceeds supply. CINCs and Joint Task Force Commanders, as well as Naval component commanders and their staffs, need to be informed and enlightened regarding this capability, and consider utilization of these assets during the contingency planning phase across the full range of joint military operations. Total force and logistic war gaming exercises validate the requirement for CINCs to maintain a robust and flexible intratheater airlift capability to employ and sustain a military force able to fight and win. An understanding of the capability that the Naval Reserve can bring to the theater of operations in this regard, as well as the accessibility of this important resource, will result in greater force leverage, operational reach, and sustainment for the theater commander.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *NAVAL PERSONNEL, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, MILITARY RESERVES, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, DEPLOYMENT, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, EMERGENCIES, COMBAT READINESS, TASK FORCES, RELIABILITY, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, ACCESS, ACTIVE DUTY, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, FLEETS(SHIPS), NAVAL OPERATIONS, RESOURCES, WAR GAMES, NAVAL PLANNING, MILITARY COMMANDERS, SQUADRONS.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE