JP 3-17, Air Mobility Operations, recommends treating the rapid global mobility mission as a global enterprise: "Although it is not necessary for a single global organization to centrally control all air mobility forces, all commanders should envision air mobility as a global system capable of simultaneously performing intertheater and intratheater missions." (8) There is a clear delineation of control regarding intra and intertheater airlift
between USTRANSCOM's air C2 arm, the 618th AOC, or TACC and the theater AMDs.
Transportation Command CCDR, as an FCC, has COCOM over intertheater airlift
The need for reliable, flexible intertheater airlift
cannot be overstated.
Though addressed in Air Force doctrine, rarely has transfer of command of intertheater airlift
assets been passed to supported commanders.
"This initiative has provided our Mobility Air Forces with five additional aircraft to provide intertheater airlift
support to our troops around the world," he emphasized.
Could non-STOL derivatives of one or both of the AMST prototype designs be developed to meet the following intertheater airlift
By the late 1970s, airlift requirements had shifted to a need for more intertheater airlift
, so the Air Force initiated the C-X program.
This article will focus on maintenance recovery of intertheater airlift
He commented: MATS, augmented by TAC [Tactical Air Command], provides intertheater airlift
for all the Defense Department, and as such, this type of mission lends itself to centralized control from the continental United States and provides the basis for consolidation of strategic airlift resources.
Likewise, the commander of Air Mobility Command exercises centralized control of intertheater airlift
operations, and the commander of Fourteenth Air Force does the same for Air Force space operations.
In particular, two categories of aircraft will be considered: fighters and intertheater airlift
. Intertheater airlift
is those aircraft used for supply and transportation.
The term strategic airlifter implies the ability to perform intertheater airlift
between theaters, such as between the United States and Europe.