RAPID RESCUE: BREAKING THE MOLD OF ROUTINE CONTINGENCY RESPONSE FOR PERSONNEL RECOVERY
AIR COMMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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After nearly two decades of continuous operations, personnel recovery PR forces have become extremely adept at and accustomed to regular contingency response deployments. However, overtasking and underutilization have led to continuous degeneration and numerous inefficiencies as an exhausted force continues to meet taskings with a standardized yet obsolete model for personnel and material. To maintain strategic effectiveness and improve expeditionary efficiency, Air Force PR requires a modernized model for force employment as well as the means to properly promote, educate, and advocate for the right mixture and posture of PR capabilities. This research conducts a two-part evaluation into the process of rapid mobility and of existing-versus-proposed force presentation. It utilizes the proof of concept of the new model as background for the analysis to determine what steps are necessary to develop the Rapid Rescue capability to improve Air Force contingency response. It will illustrate the inherent limitations of the existing process and make recommendations for method and posture that may ultimately lead to timelier response and greater economy of force for an already critically strained Air Force core function.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Military Forces and Organizations