Accession Number:

ADA523208

Title:

Liberty and Lethality: Integrating MC-12W Liberty and Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft operations

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept. Jul 2009-May 2010

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-20

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

Responding to comments made by the Secretary of Defense in April 2008, the United States Air Force began procuring thirty-seven C-12 class aircraft to augment existing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems already operating in the United States Central Commands area of responsibility. However, this effort did not mark the beginning of studies directed at employing off-the-self, mission specialized aircraft for conducting counterinsurgency COIN operations. In addition to the MC-12W Liberty aircraft, the USAF was also studying a project designed to provide low cost air support to forces engaged in counterinsurgency operations. The Air Force called this project the ObservationAttack-X or Light AttackArmed Reconnaissance aircraft. Due to similar performance, electro-optical, infrared, imagery collection, and communication reach-back capabilities, these aircraft are both technically capable of performing Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Forward Air Controller-Airborne missions, but there are no current plans for the aircraft to share these mission areas. This study utilizes government requests for information, contracting data, capabilities and need statements, service memoranda, contractor produced publications, flight manuals, training programs, and doctrinal publications to answer the question can the MC-12W Liberty and Light AttackArmed Reconnaissance aircraft perform common roles and missions while integrating operations, in order to maximize their support to COIN operations This study begins by detailing the operational requirements and historical events that led to the acquisition of the MC-12W Liberty aircraft. It also introduces the requirements for a Light AttackArmed Reconnaissance aircraft.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE