The NATO SOF Air Wing: A Basing Decision
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT
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There is a critical shortfall in special operations aviation support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations NATO special operations forces SOF. One way this shortfall can be addressed is through the procurement and sustainment of the NATO SOF Air Wing NSAW under NATO Special Operations Forces Headquarters NSHQ. NSHQ coordinates, trains, and employs NATOs special operations forces. With the addition of organic SOF aviation forces, NATOs ground forces capabilities and mission success will be enhanced. This thesis focuses on the basing recommendations for the NATO SOF Air Wing. Decision making for basing location of the NATO SOF Air Wing has centered on proximity to NSHQ in Mons, Belgium, and minimized other important considerations such as runway requirements, tarmac space, supporting infrastructure, weather, and proximity to training. A location decision is a complex endeavor -- one that has long-term impact and requires systematic analysis to find an effective and efficient solution. This thesis follows previous military efforts that utilized business sector applications to improve the decision making process. Specifically, it applies the Analytical Hierarchy Process AHP to the NATO SOF Air Wing basing decision to provide an effective and efficient recommendation.
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