Accession Number : ADA314329

Title :   Developing the Theater Level Aerial Port of Debarkation, Organization and Structure.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Kolleda, David J.

PDF Url : ADA314329

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : The methodology for this research paper will be a comparison analysis of the strategic deployment process. The focus will be on a comparison of the procedures and current doctrine for strategic airlift debarkation operations in relation to doctrine and procedures for sealift debarkation and materiel prepositioning programs. The paper will include a short history and development of airlift in the importance of United States strategic deployment operations, and analyze the shortcomings in contemporary institutional standards setting the conditions for conducting the aerial component of the mobility triad. This monograph will compare the structure for accomplishing strategic deployments, outline the major aerial reception requirements, and propose an organization and structure for execution of airlift debarkation operations at the theater level. This paper will show by comparison the procedures from the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and current OOTW deployments. This monograph will conclude with a recommendation on how to organize a theater APOD to support a long-term contingency operation. If the US Army intends to set the conditions for success in future force projection operations then it must be sufficient to learn from the previous tautologies. The US Army's history in conducting airfield operations at the strategic level clearly illustrates the deficiency in the ability to transition from strategic airlift to the operational level of war. Speed of response and the strategic airlift system capability can easily overwhelm a poorly designed and constituted theater airfield reception operation. Contemporary total asset visibility programs and the demand for in transit visibility demand a deliberate action to structure a capable airfield structure responsive to DOD STAMIS systems and maneuver commander demands.

Descriptors :   *DEPLOYMENT, *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, *ARMY PLANNING, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MOBILITY, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY STRATEGY, LESSONS LEARNED, EMERGENCIES, MILITARY DOCTRINE, MODIFICATION, MILITARY STANDARDS, COMPARISON, REACTION TIME, MARINE TRANSPORTATION, PREPOSITIONING(LOGISTICS).

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE