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By Robert C. Owen

Does most likely persevered U.S. involvement in counterinsurgencies demand including really expert airplane, education, or different assets to the overall airlift fleet? regularly, current 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 definite counterinsurgency missions.

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S. commanders also should integrate them into their day-to-day operations management processes, as appropriate. Security concerns will likely preclude integrating civil agencies physically into the Joint Force Air Operations Center. However, appropriate civilian organizations should have some sort of “portal” into that process. This portal might be another “trailer” in the center compound or a remote conference room, perhaps in the capital city. In any case, the Joint Force Air Component Commander’s Director of Mobility Forces will likely be the best-placed manager of civilian integration.

2 The C-5 Galaxy, in comparison, uses engines of similar power to those of the C-17 but lifts substantially greater loads over longer distances. S. Counterinsurgency Operations also on moving large conventional forces over the Atlantic or Pacific to resist Soviet or North Korean attacks on Europe or South Korea, respectively. The fall of the Soviet Union left airlift planners with only a North Korean attack or other so-called major regional contingencies for justifying an airlift force structure.

In the past two years, ground fire in Iraq has destroyed several helicopters and damaged many other aircraft, including a large civil transport, C-130s, and a C-17. 33 34 Bowers, 1983, p. 689. Instead of using standard Air Force definitions of low-, medium-, and high-threat environments, which are based on static descriptions of the types of air defense systems the enemy possesses (for example, the presence of optically aimed antiaircraft artillery constitutes a “low” threat level, while the addition of radar-aimed antiaircraft artillery or obsolescent fighter aircraft raises the threat level to “medium”), this study characterizes air defense threats based on their effects on the survivability and operational freedom of the aircraft they threaten.

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