Overnight Parts/Package Delivery in a Theater Army.
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The purpose of this paper is to establish a concept of intratheater airlift support for a Theater Army. In streamlining and increasing the efficiency of a military system, the results can be both dollar savings and an increase in combat effectiveness. The Theater Armies of today lack a flexible and responsive repair parts distribution system. This problem is even more pronounced in the austere theaters of CENTCOM and SOUTHCOM. With the Army moving in a direction of high tech, high mobility, and often high cost, it is imperative that these systems be improved in order to achieve the desired efficiency level. The addition o f a light utility aircraft company assigned at the Theater level could solve portions of these problems. Lacking the cost and maintenance problems associated with the helicopter, this type of unit could provide a much needed link in streamlining the parts distribution system, without drawing down critical helicopter and C-130 assets. The increase in parts distribution efficiency means more equipment ready to fight the battle when needed.