By Robert C. Owen

Does most likely endured U.S. involvement in counterinsurgencies demand including really expert plane, education, or different assets to the final airlift fleet? typically, current U.S. airlift forces can accomplish so much such missions successfully. yet endured operations most likely would require reinforcement of the final airlift fleet and, possibly acquisition of a small fleet aspect optimized for convinced counterinsurgency missions.

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This diversity of aircraft types makes the overall fleet flexible. Since World War II, the overlapping service periods of different aircraft—such as the C-47, C-46, C-97, C-54/118, C-82/119, C-123, C-74/124, C-130, C-133, C-135, C-5, KC-10, C-17, and other, less numerous types—always gave airlift operational planners and commanders a range of options in responding to specific contingencies.

Ability to reinforce Western Europe and, more immediately, a possible need to lift whole armored divisions to block a Soviet advance into Iran. S. S. expeditionary forces into Kuwait and Iraq rather than to stop Soviet tank divisions in the Iranian mountains. 2 This inability to predict precisely the types, numbers, and mix of airlift aircraft needed in the wars the country actually will fight, as opposed to the ones visualized and precisely defined in the planning documents the Joint Staff or the Air Force generate to set budgeting guidelines, is unavoidable.

S. , MAC 04-79, August 10, 1979; MAC, History: Calendar Year 1981, Vol. , 1981, p. 66. 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.

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