Accession Number : ADA320506

Title :   Bridging the Gulf between Theater and Strategic Air Mobility.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Kee, Randy A.

PDF Url : ADA320506

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 134

Abstract : The air mobility system that exists within the Department of Defense (DoD) community today appears to have several key problems. Air mobility forces participating in contingency operations have experienced difficulties in operating airlift in a combined effort since the 1992 realignment of the forces comprising the airlift system. Problems have occurred that suggest that the divisions in the command, control, communication, cooperation, manning, and equipment between the strategic and theater air mobility systems are not interfacing effectively, reducing the efficiency of air mobility efforts. The contingency airlift command structure is cumbersome, while theater airlift planning and control efforts in peacetime is fractured. This paper examines the current and previous air mobility processes, and the organizations that provide planning and command of air mobility operations. Historical operations and command alignments are reviewed to provide lessons learned that can aid in proposing alternatives that address (1) the most logical organization and resident command of airlift forces, (2) the contingency organizational structure for command and control airlift forces. and (3) factors that can improve the current air mobility operation as a whole. The summary need of today's system is to align Continental United States (CONUS) forces under one combatant commander, consolidating contingency staff and planning processes, establishing an appropriate subordinate air mobility commander to the contingency air forces commander, and organize peacetime structures and processes to mirror contingency structures and processes. Thus, the goal of this paper is to propose ways to fix problems with the current air mobility structure that can provide as "seamless" an air mobility system as possible for the Department of Defense Transportation Network.

Descriptors :   *MOBILITY, *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), AIR FORCE, MILITARY STRATEGY, LESSONS LEARNED, AIRBORNE, THESES, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MILITARY TRANSPORTATION.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE