Airlift Doctrine by LTC Charles E Miller

By LTC Charles E Miller

N this tremendous finished evaluate of airlift and air mobility, Colonel Miller indicates how the global orientation of yankee international coverage, the varied threats to free-world pursuits, and the rate and complexity of recent struggle have mixed with political and source constraints to supply contemporary airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Airlift is the circulation of products and folks to the place they're wanted, once they are wanted there. because the Nineteen Twenties there was an evolving information and articulation of ways to top set up, educate, and equip airlift forces for that venture. the global orientation of yank international coverage, the various threats to loose international pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary conflict have mixed with political and source constraints to provide contemporary airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Colonel Miller's examine strains those many interrelationships to find what serious airlift judgements have been made, why they have been made, and what they might suggest sooner or later. Airlift is the spine of deterrence. A effectively dependent and built airlift strength is necessary to the profitable execution of the nationwide army technique. How we predict approximately airlift and the way we translate these ideas right into a significant expression of the way to improve, installation, and hire airlift forces is key to the nationwide safety. Colonel Miller's learn is a definitive step in that vital technique.

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Brig Gen A . W . Robins, chief of Materiel Division, to chief of the Air Corps, letter, subject: Policy on Future Procurements of Transports, 31 August 1938 . 106. Brown, Development gf'AirTransports, 105 . 107. Futrell, De velopnrerrt ql Aeromedical Evacuation, 12 . 108. E. R . Householder, adjutant general, War Department, to chief of the Air Corps, letter, subject: Aircraft Programs, 29 July 1938 . 109. Maj Gen Oscar Westover, chief of the Air Corps, to adjutant general, War Department, letter, subject: Air Corps Program and Directive, 31 August 1939 .

Clearly men of vision-like Knerr and Arnold-were ready to fill the gaps when the situation demanded it. Because of the ill-thought-out Woodring Program, the Air Corps had to concentrate on building its combat strength . However, the augmentation program called for new depots to support the expanding Air Corps and three new transport squadrons were activated in October 1939 . By efficient use of existing assets, the 10th Transport Group now owned 44 C-39s and by August 1940 had opened a weekly logistics run to the Panama air depots .

Actual deliveries across many of these routes were small at first but measures taken by the United States in the immediate prewar period for development of the South Atlantic route proved to be more important as preparation for the impending war than for the ferrying and transport work actually accomplished . Only a handful of planes, ferried and transport, moved over the route prior to Pearl Harbor . But thanks to the work of the Air Corps Ferrying Command and the Pan American organization, and to the courage and resourcefulness of the pioneer crews who flew the route, the United States had made a substantial start toward the development of a vital line of communications when, after 7 December, aircraft and supplies for its own forces joined the increasing flow of lend-lease goods to the Middle East, to India, China, and the Southwest Pacific .

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