Accession Number : AD1042076

Title :   Central American Tactical Airlift Wing

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Gonzales, Guillermo ; Delapasse,Jacob ; Gaylord,Brenton ; Hakola,Christopher

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Report Date : 17 Mar 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Central America is a region with unique security requirements. Asymmetric threats posed by organized crime, drug trafficking, and humanitarian disasters require flexibility in force and aide movement. Currently, the countries in the region are unable fiscally to maintain their own airlift capability to meet requirements. The Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) in Papa, Hungary provides a successful model for a collaboration of countries maintaining an airlift wing to meet their airlift needs while lowering the cost per country to an affordable level. A C-130 Tactical Airlift Wing (TAW) in Central America, funded and operated by Central American countries and the US, is a fiscally and operationally feasible solution for meeting airlift requirements. This paper will examine the airlift demands for Central America. Then it will examine the success of the HAW in Europe. Next, cost analysis will illustrate the feasibility of a collaborative airlift wing in Central America. Finally, we will offer a proposal for the construct of the Tactical Airlift Wing.

Descriptors :   Central America , AIRLIFT OPERATIONS , AIRLIFT OPERATIONS , Military forces (Foreign) , Foreign government , cost estimates , cost analysis , united states southern command , united states government , procurement , costs

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE