Accession Number:

ADA394005

Title:

The Evolution of Airlift Dcotrine and Organization

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

As we entered World War II, what little airlift doctrine existed was based largely on limited experiences. Beginning with the development of airlift using balloons in the Civil War, through World War I, and the inter-war period, combat airlift and airlift doctrine was untested. However, many important events since caused airlift to mature and evolve-the varied operations of World War II, Berlin, Korea, Vietnam, Israel, Grenada, Panama, and the Gulf War. The experiences form the basis of modern airlift doctrine. Organizationally, airlift has struggled through the years as the controversy over consolidation has grown. Should strategic and tactical airlift be consolidated in one command, or are they distinct enough that tactical theater airlift should belong to theater commanders, even in peacetime The evidence, including nearly 20 years of consolidation, provides strong support in favor of consolidation. Despite its organizational difficulties, airlift continues to do its mission and do it well. Airlift doctrine was born in the second world war. It was tested in battle, refined in Berlin, Korea, Vietnam, and Southwest Asia, and remains with us today. Whether as a tool for power projection, mobility, logistical support, or humanitarian relief, airlift remains a vital element of Americas defense.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE