Airlift Doctrine by LTC Charles E Miller

By LTC Charles E Miller

N this tremendous entire assessment of airlift and air mobility, Colonel Miller exhibits how the global orientation of yank international coverage, the various threats to free-world pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary battle have mixed with political and source constraints to provide trendy airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Airlift is the stream of products and other people to the place they're wanted, after they are wanted there. because the Nineteen Twenties there was an evolving knowledge and articulation of ways to top manage, teach, and equip airlift forces for that undertaking. the global orientation of yank overseas coverage, the various threats to loose global pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary struggle have mixed with political and source constraints to supply cutting-edge airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Colonel Miller's research strains those many interrelationships to find what severe airlift judgements have been made, why they have been made, and what they could suggest sooner or later. Airlift is the spine of deterrence. A competently established and built airlift strength is necessary to the profitable execution of the nationwide army procedure. How we predict approximately airlift and the way we translate these strategies right into a significant expression of ways to enhance, set up, and hire airlift forces is key to the nationwide security. Colonel Miller's learn is a definitive step in that very important strategy.

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Calling an efficient air transport system a primary function of the AAF, the letter noted that "the value of air transportation for the rapid movement of men and materials within the United States and between the United States and foreign theaters cannot be overemphasized . Without air transportation, our coasts are separated by days instead of hours and our far-flung forces are months instead of days distant. "41 The ideal shaping the development of ATC was that of a strategic air transport system .

In June 1939, the Air Corps had 2,080 planes on hand ; 75 were transports . " 107 1114 The larger meaning of the Woodring Program was more staggering in its realities . At the end of July 1938, the secretary directed the Air Corps to confine its fiscal 1940 program to light, medium, and attack bombers--on the eve of Munich the Air Corps was limited to the 40 B-17s already ordered . " 1119 He also apparently was willing to compromise on the bomber issue somewhat-noting that if not allowed to procure a different aircraft (a long-range bomber), at least experimentation and development should not be limited.

None of the newly ordered "K planes had been delivered at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack . To manage this growing force properly the Materiel Division recommended the creation of a transport wing, providing a definite military chain of command for the three groups assigned to the division, and the three groups awaiting permanent stations and assignment to the Combat Air Command (the GHQ's new name) . The chief of the Air Corps recommended the establishment of the 50th Transport Wing Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Wright Field .

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