C-17--How To Get More for Less.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The Department of Defense has a mission to fight and win two major theaters of war in close succession. Mobility is the critical link, providing the capability to deploy forces and meet mission requirements. One aspect of mobility critical to meeting current and future needs is airlift. The two types of airlift are inter-theater and intra-theater airlift. The 1998 Air Mobility Master Plan, identifies a shortfall in strategic airlift capability or inter-theater airlift. The C-17 Globemaster III will provide the core for military airlift as it replaces the ageing C-141 Starlifter. The C-17 has unique capabilities that complement Force XXI initiatives, and provide the Air Force with a new capability to provide decisive intra-theater airlift. The Department of Defense force structure reveals a heavy reliance on force projection operations and mobility. To increase mobility and maximize the C-17s intra-theater airlift capability, it is critical to devise a system that will relieve the C-17 of strategic inter-theater airlift missions. This system must provide a low cost capability to move outsize cargo and the civil reserve air fleet CRAF is the primary candidate for change. CRAF provides a large amount of air cargo transport capability and is critical to successful deployment of U.S. Forces during times of national crisis. However, CRAF does not provide an outsize cargo airlift capability. This monograph will recommend two courses of action that will add strategic airlift capability. This additional airlift will allow the C-17 to perform intra-theater missions. As a result forces will have a rapid response and enhanced mobility capability in the area of responsibility unlike anything experienced in the past. The C-17 has the potential to become decisive on the future battlefield.
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