Accession Number : ADA320617

Title :   The Director of Mobility Forces and Command and Control of Airlift.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUIS ITION MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s) : Melville, Mark A.

PDF Url : ADA320617

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : The Air Force reorganization in 1992 changed the way in which airlift forces were organized, commanded and deployed. The reorganization eliminated the Airlift Divisions and created two airlift systems. The theater cargo aircraft were assigned to the theater commanders or to Air Combat Command. The strategic aircraft and support assets were assigned to Air Mobility Command. Both airlift systems must function together during a contingency to provide cargo movement. This project identifies a problem with the command of the airlift system and proposes a solution. In the process, it defines the key personnel and organizations that make up the airlift command and control structure. The paper also defines the necessary command relationship terms of combat command (COCOM), operational control (OP CON), tactical control (TACON), and support. It also identifies other relationships, such as coordinating authority and direct liaison authorized (DIRLAUTH). The primary conclusion is that the director of mobility forces (DIRMOBFOR) should have the authority to effectively command and control both airlift systems. Specifically, the DIRMOBFOR should be given OPCON or TACON over the forces that make up the airlift system.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, WARFARE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, AERIAL WARFARE, STRATEGIC WEAPONS, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, CARGO HANDLING, AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE