AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENABLED JOINT CONCEPT FOR ENTRY OPERATIONS
AIR WAR COLLEGE MAXWELL AFB United States
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In Major General Browns Untethered Operations article, he describes a NATO airfield coming to life in a few short hours, a lone C-17 taxing onto the airfield and equipment and personnel pouring off the cargo ramp to quickly set up operations for an inbound 4-ship of F-16s. After successfully rearming, fueling and accomplishing any required maintenance, the 4-ship departed within two hours for the next mission and the C-17 departed for the next mission generation stop. The Untethered Operations concept was formed to break out of the U.S. Air Forces decades old paradigm of fighting from a well-established or at a minimum a well-resourced air base. The air base was looked at as a weapons system in and of itself, and assumed a large degree of force protection and impunity from attack. A platform from which large amounts of sustained sortie generation would be projected from and into the fight. The Untethered Operations concept is designed to help planners who face difficult anti-accessarea A2AD denial battlefronts. While this is a great concept, more must be done to reduce the logistics footprint, improve logistics agility and reduce costs of logistics operations. Logisticians must always find a way to enable the operations that our Services require.
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