By LTC Charles E Miller
N this super finished review of airlift and air mobility, Colonel Miller indicates how the global orientation of yankee international coverage, the various threats to free-world pursuits, and the rate and complexity of recent war have mixed with political and source constraints to supply trendy airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Airlift is the stream of products and other people to the place they're wanted, after they are wanted there. because the Nineteen Twenties there was an evolving know-how and articulation of the way to most sensible arrange, teach, and equip airlift forces for that undertaking. the global orientation of yankee international coverage, the various threats to loose global pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary battle have mixed with political and source constraints to supply latest airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Colonel Miller's learn strains those many interrelationships to find what severe airlift judgements have been made, why they have been made, and what they could suggest sooner or later. Airlift is the spine of deterrence. A adequately based and outfitted airlift strength is necessary to the profitable execution of the nationwide army method. How we expect approximately airlift and the way we translate these concepts right into a significant expression of the way to boost, set up, and hire airlift forces is key to the nationwide safeguard. Colonel Miller's examine is a definitive step in that very important method.
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36 More than any other command during World War 11, the Air Transport Command represented the worldwide nature of the war. It started with the five wings established to administer and control the routes of the Ferrying Command: the Caribbean, South Atlantic, Africa-Middle East, North Atlantic, and South Pacific Wings. Between October 1942 and January 1943, four more were added : the Alaska, the India-China, the Pacific (with a subordinate West Coast unit), and the European Wings. " As the war progressed, the command grew both in absolute numbers and in the quality of its services .
Ibid . 35 . , 59 . 36 . , 75 . 37 . Ibid . 38 . , 60 . 39 . , 29 . 40 . , 30 . 41 . , 67 . 42 . Ibid . 43 . Ibid . 44 . Transcript of the shorthand report of proceedings, transactions and testimony, before the Special Committee on Army Air Corps [Baker Board], morning, 21 May 1934, testimony of Maj Walter Frank, chief of Air Corps Plans Division, 2796 . 45 . Ibid . ; for a discussion of intra-Air Corps jockeying for the few air transport aircraft available see Futrell, Development of Aeromedical Evacuation, 10 .
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 . 110. Ibid . I 11 . E. R . Householder, adjutant general, War Department, to chief of the Air Corps, letter, subject: I st Indorsement Air Corps Program and Directive, 5 October 1938 .
Airlift Doctrine by LTC Charles E Miller