U.S. Air Force: Inadequately Prepared for Forward Operations in a Combat Environment
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The United States Air Force, for many years, has successfully deployed Airmen all over the world to execute operations. To do so, during all major conflicts, the Air Force has set up temporary Forward Operating Locations FOL to support their mission. Due to the shift in the nature of the war from initial conventional to insurgency, not since the Vietnam War has forward-deployed Air Force basing been enveloped within a violent insurgency environment. This paper addresses the major planning and capability shortfalls experienced during the development of the Air Force FOL network within Iraq beginning in June 2003. It will also review logistics challenges created by failures to upgrade outdated support systems and the deficiencies in training and equipping our Airmen for working and living in a combat environment. Finally, solutions are identified to resolve issues experienced during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and to help transform todays Air Force into a more rapidly deployable and capable force to counter tomorrows adversary.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Defense Systems