Accession Number : AD1038801


Title :   Innovation in the Desert: 9th Air Force Tactical Aviation Logistics in Northwest Africa during World War II


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,08 Aug 2016,09 Jun 2017


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States


Personal Author(s) : Nelson,Robert A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1038801.pdf


Report Date : 09 Jun 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 130


Abstract : Despite the common aphorism that amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics, historians have largely overlooked the study of air logistics during World War II. This is especially true of tactical aviation logistics, particularly during the initial stages of the war. In an effort to alleviate the aforementioned oversight, this thesis will examine 9th Air Force (AF) tactical aviation logistics in the deserts of Northwest Africa using a learning organization lens. Beyond exposing the historical narrative, the learning organization methodology will unmask a prevalence for proactive change, resulting in an innovative culture which led to operational success. Furthermore, this thesis will expose the effect of pre-war culture and innovation, connecting 9th AF tactical aviation's innovative change to interwar actions.


Descriptors :   military organizations , attack aircraft , aerial warfare , combat operations , transport aircraft , second world war , logistics , air power , supply depots , Aeronautics


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE