Paradigm Lost: Rethinking Theater Airlift to Support the by Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, David W. Allvin, Air University

By Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, David W. Allvin, Air University Press

Lt Col David W. Allvin's Paradigm misplaced: Rethinking Theater Airlift to aid the military After subsequent analyzes the theater airlift implications of the U.S. (US) Army's imaginative and prescient for land struggle within the twenty-first century. these making plans the "Army After subsequent" (AAN)---now referred to as the "Army imaginative and prescient: The Transformation of the Army," that is a continuum of the AAN---envision a lighter, leaner, and extra deadly strength that might depend seriously on info dominance to maximise strive against effectiveness through the projected nonlinear battlespace. Of leader difficulty in Colonel Allvin's examine are alterations within the position of theater airlift that the AAN may possibly portend. Colonel Allvin identifies theater airlift features severe to the AAN proposal and examines rising structures that appear prone to provide these features. He argues that advancements in shipment dealing with, situational knowledge, and protective systems---as good because the skill to function in austere conditions---constitute the main the most important destiny specifications for theater airlift. in accordance with his research of presently to be had information, Allvin concludes the main promising rising structures for reaching required theater airlift features comprise the tiltwing notion, self reliant cargo-handling platforms, and a standoff power for studying the suitability of opportune touchdown websites.

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Rapid loading and unloading of cargo at each destination will minimize ground time, when aircraft potentially will be most vulnerable. ”16 To accomplish the mission in austere locations, the airlift platform must have some level of autonomous cargo-handling capability. In this case autonomy means accomplishing the mission without the use of external materials handling equipment (MHE). This action implies the ability to drive the cargo off the aircraft, push it off, or use organic aircraft equipment to accomplish the offload.

Numbers for prepared surfaces are based on performance specification requirements in Lockheed C-130J Manufacturer Model Specification, Document No. ER/S7100M/J-0, Revision E, 28 August 1996. Semiprepared runway data estimated based on runway condition reporting calculation used on C-130E/H. 21. ECHS still in development for the Air Force. I attended several design/integration meetings as the Air Force test pilot representative between November 1996 and May 1997. For more information, contact the C-130J Test Team, 418th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, California.

47 Coming Up Short Each aircraft described in this chapter possesses some satisfactory capabilities for integration into the Army After Next. 44 ALLVIN The C-130 offers a robust defensive suite and the ability to deliver medium cargo loads into relatively small fields. The C130J retains all of the characteristics of its older counterpart and adds value in the areas of runway performance, situational awareness, and in cargo handling (marginally). The C-17 offers a leap in performance, cargo weight, and cargo type with the addition of outsized cargo and battle tank capacity.

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