Adapt or Perish: Aeromedical Evacuation in the Contested Air Space of the Pacific Theater
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, DISTANCE LEARNING, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The purpose of this research project is to ascertain if the Total Force Aeromedical Evacuation AE enterprise is organized, trained, and tactically proficient to meet the emerging threats of near-peer adversaries with Anti-Access Area-Denial A2AD capabilities in the Pacific Theater. This project explores the interrelations between the Air Force Total Force, the AE community, and the A2AD environment of the Pacific in order to evaluate if the enterprise requires changes. Specifically, it reviews the ratio of Regular Air Force REGAF to Air Reserve Component ARC AE forces in order to determine the correct force mixture. Additionally, the project extensively reviews qualification and recurring training processes for problems and opportunities. Finally, it reviews current tactics, techniques, and procedures TTPs and force structure against the constraints of modern warfare. This project has uncovered that while the AE enterprise has performed exceptionally in the past, the new and uncertain era in which the U.S. is embarking requires new TTPs, universal standards, a refocus on qualification and recurring training processes, changes to force composition, and the basing of AE forces.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Escape, Rescue and Survival