Air Base Wing and Air Mobility Wing Consolidating on AMC-LED Joint Bases: A Delphi Study
Graduate research paper
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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This research examined the proposed consolidation of the Air Base Wing ABW and Air Mobility Wing or Airlift Wing on Air Mobility Command-led Joint Base installations at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Joint Base Charleston. This study utilized a Delphi Study of 17 Air Force and Army Officers with experience as Colonels or above as commanders or deputies in the last 3 years at these Joint Bases. The panel shared their insights through three rounds of detailed questionnaires to better understand the potential benefits and consequences of a consolidation of the two wings. This study found that this panel of experts generally tended to support the consolidation of the ABW with AMW or AW on these Joint Bases in favor of unity of command and better alignment with Air Force doctrine and regulations. However, a very clear dissenting minority on the panel expressed concern that this consolidation would result in a reduction in the focus on Army and Navy mission partners on these Air Force-led Joint Bases and increase the span of control of the combined wing commander beyond what may be desired for optimum supervision. These results indicate that consolidation of the wings is a viable path for improved command and control of Air Mobility Command forces on Air Force-led Joint Bases.
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