By John A. Skorupa
The nationwide technique of protecting US pursuits as faraway from North the USA as attainable has increased airlift's significance in nationwide safeguard to a severe point. The author's specific standpoint in this subject comes from having spent 19 years as a pilot in transports, as an aeronautical engineer constructing and buying wrestle airplane, as a employees officer on the army Airlift Command facing day-by-day operational matters, and as a learn fellow learning the topic at nice size. Winner of the Air strength historic Foundation's 1988 Colonel James Cannell Memorial Award.
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In the past, if the enemy threat imperiled the mission, supporting forces would be included to suppress the defense. An important distinction between intertheater and intratheater aircraft is their beddown location . Intertheater aircraft receive support at the various theater MOBS, but they rely on their CONUS MOB for scheduled maintenance. Intratheater aircraft usually cannot get maintenance support in forward areas so aircrews must carefully assess the likelihood of safely departing from a destination before they arrive to avoid stranding the aircraft at an FOL.
Department of Defense, Soviet Military Power, 80. 45 PART II TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY Despite the tenor inspired by modem antiaircraft weapons, those weapons operate on well-known physical principles and have limitations that are readily exploitable. The intent of chapter 3 is to explore the operating principles of the primary threats to airlift aircraft and to point out realistic avenues of counterattack. The chapter explores limitations in using the electromagnetic spectrum; discusses the tasks required of the offense and defense; examines the operating principles of systems devised to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, and laser systems; and discusses system weaknesses .
AFM 1-1, vi. 15. MACP 55-XX, E-4,5. 16. , 4. 17. , 5, 6, F-6 . 18. Roger D. , October 1983, extracted from Airlift Operations School Supplemental Reading Text, 503-1. 19. Ibid. 20. , 503-2. 21. Ibid. 22. , 503-3. 23. Ibid. 24. Ibid. 25. Headquarters MAC/CSR (Command Presentations), briefing, "Airlift in Support of National Objectives," May 1986, N-12. 26. USAirForce Airlift Master Plan, 29 September 1983, III-5. 20 AIRLIFT DOCTRINE 27. Headquarters MAC/CSR, briefing, "Airlift in Support," L-26C.
Self-Protective Measures to Enhance Airlift Operations in Hostile Environments by John A. Skorupa