Project Air Force Analysis of the Air War in the Gulf. An Assessment of Strategic Airlift Operational Efficiency
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This report assesses strategic airlift operations during Operation Desert ShieldDesert Storm. The research represents a portion of two larger research projects, one assessing the initial deployment of Air Force assets in Operation Desert Shield, and the other assessing Air Force performance in Operation Desert Storm. It is one of a set that documents the results of a Project AIR FORCE study of the Desert Storm air campaign. Unlike the others in the series, this document also addresses Operation Desert Shield and the period after fighting ceased. The study began in March 1991 under the sponsorship of the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. Its objectives are to describe and assess 1 the effectiveness of air missions in Desert Storm at both the strategic and tactical levels in terms of the initial and evolving campaign objectives, 2 the use of airpower as a major instrument of achieving the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait and the implications for future Air Force doctrine, missions, systems, logistics needs, force modernization, and research and development RD, and 3 the doctrine for planning and executing Desert Storm in terms of the doctrine for joint U.S. and allied operations.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies