Airlift Doctrine by LTC Charles E Miller

By LTC Charles E Miller

N this tremendous accomplished assessment of airlift and air mobility, Colonel Miller exhibits how the global orientation of yankee overseas coverage, the varied threats to free-world pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary struggle have mixed with political and source constraints to supply trendy airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Airlift is the circulate of products and folks to the place they're wanted, once they are wanted there. because the Nineteen Twenties there was an evolving information and articulation of the way to most sensible arrange, teach, and equip airlift forces for that undertaking. the global orientation of yank international coverage, the various threats to loose global pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary conflict have mixed with political and source constraints to provide brand new airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Colonel Miller's research strains those many interrelationships to find what serious airlift judgements have been made, why they have been made, and what they could suggest sooner or later. Airlift is the spine of deterrence. A correctly based and outfitted airlift strength is important to the profitable execution of the nationwide army approach. How we expect approximately airlift and the way we translate these innovations right into a significant expression of the way to improve, installation, and hire airlift forces is key to the nationwide safeguard. Colonel Miller's research is a definitive step in that vital technique.

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The backlogs were such that some materiel 39 AIRLIFI` DOCTRINE actually could have gotten to its destination faster by sealift. " The November order also had given ATC full authority to control air cargo movements and thereby get a handle on volume, but the basic problem of what was air eligible was much more complex . As the prioritization program evolved, ATC originally set priorities that had to depend on information from the theaters, which had an understandable tendency to exaggerate their claims to get highest priority .

The mission statement was fairly broad : "Move aircraft by air from factories to such terminals as may be directed by the chief of Air Corps," and "maintain such ferrying service as may be required to meet specific situations . "5 Memoranda from that period indicate that the Air Corps Maintenance Command would assume the responsibilities after the ferrying system was well established and working, but the ACFC history indicates "there is reason to believe that Colonel Olds' force of character and his clear conception of his Command's mission were important factors in preserving it as an independent organization .

B) To provide transport operations by military personnel, rather than by civilians under contract, on routes that enter combat areas or areas likely to become combat areas. (c) Reorganize the air transport services of the two commands so that the Army Air Forces may plan for and prepare to meet the growing demands of the Army for general air transport services . 33 His suggested course of action was to limit the Air Service Command to continental US operations and give the Ferrying Command responsibility for the rest of the world.

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