Theater Airlift: Are we Realizing its Full Potential?
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The transfer of theater airlift assets from the Military Airlift Command MAC and the Air Mobility Command AMC to the theater commanders in 1992 and 1993 was an appropriate reallocation of forces. However, there is more to theater airlift than just accepting the aircraft. The key to successful airlift operations is utilization of an effective airlift management system. Because the theaters had not controlled airlift since 1974 and therefore initially lacked any substantial expertise in theater airlift, they essentially tried to construct their own airlift system rather than duplicate the system that AMC utilizes. As a result, theater airlift has floundered and several issues have emerged regarding command and control capabilities, en route support capabilities, major command relationships, and theater airlift doctrine. To alleviate the current problems that exist regarding theater airlift and to help realize the full potential of theater airlift, the following actions should be taken 1 establish deployable enhanced Airlift Control Elements ALCEs in each theater which are managed by the theaters instead of AMC, 2 embrace the seamless logistics system concept and implement it in each theater, and 3 update and revise theater airlift doctrine to blend with the post-Cold War strategy of U.S. military forces.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics