Airlift Capabilities for Future U.S. Counterinsurgency by Robert C. Owen

By Robert C. Owen

Does most probably persevered U.S. involvement in counterinsurgencies demand including really expert airplane, education, or different assets to the overall airlift fleet? more often than not, latest U.S. airlift forces can accomplish so much such missions successfully. yet persevered operations most probably would require reinforcement of the overall airlift fleet and, possibly acquisition of a small fleet point optimized for sure counterinsurgency missions.

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S. and allied military forces began to suffer daily casualties trying to keep their surface lines of communication open. S. Air Force borrowed a lesson from the Vietnam War and began to use C-130 transport aircraft to reduce the amount of cargo being moved by vulnerable road convoys. S. airlift system have created some of the need for the present study. Physical Effects An appreciation of the great leverage airlift provides counterinsurgent commanders, by permitting them to operate in depth, begins with an understanding of how commanders are obliged to conduct their operations without airlift.

Because the routine and contingency demands for airlift always exceed the supply, commanders and missions cannot benefit from increased airlift support except by “robbing” other commanders and missions of support. The global capabilities and linkages between national airmobility forces make that a real-time, day-to-day reality. S. strategic commitments. Thus, the relative priority of an insurgency and its justification for airlift support may rise or fall with shifts in other priorities, even in areas where active fighting may not be under way.

S. ability to reinforce Western Europe and, more immediately, a possible need to lift whole armored divisions to block a Soviet advance into Iran. S. S. expeditionary forces into Kuwait and Iraq rather than to stop Soviet tank divisions in the Iranian mountains. 2 This inability to predict precisely the types, numbers, and mix of airlift aircraft needed in the wars the country actually will fight, as opposed to the ones visualized and precisely defined in the planning documents the Joint Staff or the Air Force generate to set budgeting guidelines, is unavoidable.

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