Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power? Made Possible only with a Robust Tanker Capability
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Today, aerial refueling is essential to quickly open or prepare air bases of operations and generate missions. It is also necessary to quickly deploy, efficiently sustain and maintain, and quickly redeploy forces. In short, without a robust, multi-service, aerial refueling capability, the combatant commanders CC will not be able to efficiently project power throughout their areas of responsibility AOR. Therefore, the CCs should place aerial refueling capability and the recapitalization of the multiple tanker fleets at the top of their integrated priority lists and should also take sufficient personal interest in shaping their AORs to ensure that aerial refueling infrastructure requirements are developed and negotiated prior to the outbreak of hostilities. CCs should also push the services to develop and adopt technologies that increase the flexibility of the tanker fleet including multipoint refueling, defensive systems, and austere field capability.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics