Accession Number : ADA326667

Title :   Command and Control of Theater Airlift.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Kochanski, Donald J.

PDF Url : ADA326667

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Since the late 1950s leaders in the US Air Force have debated whether theater airlift, specifically C-130 aircraft, would be most effectively controlled by a Theater Commander or by the commander of the Air Force's airlift command. This paper reviews the history of theater airlift command and control and attempts to determine how the Air Force might reorganize to control theater airlift as efficiently and effectively as possible. It examines whether sweeping changes in Air Force command structure initiated in the early 1990s improved or degraded theater airlift operations. It addresses operations in both the Pacific and European theaters. This study finds that the most drastic and lasting improvements to airlift operations effectiveness can be achieved if the method of airlift management is changed to the single commander concept. The practical application of this method would be that all aircraft in the same area whether on a theater or strategic airlift mission would be controlled by the same commander. That commander could be the Theater Commander or the AMC Commander; either could effectively and efficiently control theater airlift if allowed to control all airlift aircraft flying missions in the overseas theaters. The findings suggest that it is in the best interest of the Air Force and DoD to employ the single commander concept to provide command and control of theater airlift.

Descriptors :   *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, *AIR FORCE LOGISTICS COMMAND, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY STRATEGY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, LEADERSHIP, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, JET TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, MILITARY COMMANDERS, AIR FORCE PLANNING, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE