Accession Number : ADA620952


Title :   Supporting the Air Mobility Needs of Geographic Combatant Commanders: An Evaluation Using the Principal-Agent Construct


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Brady, Patrick L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620952.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 80


Abstract : Using a principal-agent construct, this study analyzes AFTRANS apportionment of air mobility assets to meet the needs of Geographic Combatant Commanders. It seeks to determine if the principal-agent construct typifies the relationship between AFTRANS and Geographic Combatant Commanders and if rigorous application of the principal-agent theory produces insights to past practice and promises efficiencies in future operations. The principal-agent construct represents a productive way of modeling the relationship between AFTRANS and Geographic Combatant Commanders, with some exceptions that have largely to do with the principled nature of the AFTRANS agent. In addition, the study highlights Geographic Combatant Commanders lack a timely ability to hold AFTRANS accountable for contracted requirements. The implication is that the process, while effective, could function better. Addressing the excessive time needed to move conflicts over the apportionment of air mobility assets up the chain of command would provide decisions and the subsequent deployment of assets much more quickly. Conversely, the study demonstrates that the principal also has contractual responsibilities in the relationship, specifically the timely appointment of a Director of Mobility Forces. Such action reduces the information asymmetry between principal and agent. Upgrades in accountability and information result in a more nimble and flexible force, capable of reaching consensus and executing missions in support of national security requirements.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS , *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , ACCOUNTABILITY , AIR FORCE , EFFICIENCY , MILITARY COMMANDERS , MILITARY HISTORY , MISSIONS , SCENARIOS , THEORY , THESES


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE