The Division Aviation Support Battalion
Master's thesis 1 Aug 90-7 Jun 91,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study is a comparative analysis of the sustainment system for the Aviation Brigade as it currently exists and the proposed Division Aviation Support Battalion concept. This concept introduces a support system for the Aviation Brigade that is similar to that provided to the maneuver brigades in the heavy divisions. The current system evolved out of the early Airland Battle doctrine developed in the early 1980s. However, the advance of technology and changing doctrine have changed the support requirements of the Aviation Brigade. Higher consumption rates of ammunition fuel, and repair parts coupled with the requirement to conduct continuous operations for several days at a time over greatly increased distances have placed ever increasing demands on the logistical support system. This study compares the advantages and disadvantages of each system in the areas of Arming, Fueling, and Fixing as measured by the sustainment imperatives Anticipation, Integration, Continuity, Responsiveness, and Improvisation. This study recommends the adoption of the Division Aviation Support Battalion by the Army to meet the logistical demands of the Aviation Brigade on the battlefield.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics