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Central American Tactical Airlift Wing

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Technical Report

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Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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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.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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