These Airmen, during phase zero/one operations could perform a theater airlift
requirements and planning function, along with AE functions.
Even if equipment arrives by sea, onward movements to their points of need often will consume substantial theater airlift
efforts to spare forces long, dangerous, and tactically undesirable road marches.
Identifying critical shortfalls ahead, Robert Owen then provides a range of options to modernize theater airlift
, a critical capability as recent operations have shown.
On any given day, Reservists provide 46 percent of the Air Force's strategic airlift and 21 percent of its theater airlift
(28.) John Drew, et al., Applying the Strategies to Tasks Framework for Integrating Theater Airlift
into the End-to-End Joint Multi-Modal Expeditionary Movement System, Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2008.
As examples, she referred to systems used for border and coastal security as well as "theater airlift
," by implication aircraft such as Lockheed Martin Corp's C-130 Hercules that can ferry forces and equipment.
Indeed, the hub-and-spoke airlift system has significantly enhanced CENTCOM's theater airlift
During Sanders' command, theater airlift
assets and coalition forces moved more than 300,000 passengers and 41,000 short-tons of cargo and supplies for Pakistan Earthquake Relief Operations.
Tankers are available in numbers to provide the theater airlift
the joint force commander requires.
The Air Force fields about 213 C-17s and 428 C-130s, which comprise its core theater airlift
It provides 100 percent of the aerial spray mission, 100 percent of the weather reconnaissance mission, 75 percent port mortuary affairs, 60 percent of the aeromedical evacuation missions, 54 percent aerial port, 50 percent combat flight inspection program, 46 percent strategic airlift, 25 percent aerial fire fighting, 23 percent personnel recovery, 23 percent tanker, 21 percent theater airlift
, 19 percent intelligence capability, 19 percent of training 5 percent of security forces, 15 percent of air operation centers, 12 percent space missions, 11 percent airborne warning and control missions, 10 percent special operations forces, 6 percent bomber, 5 percent unmanned aerial systems and 5 percent of the fighter missions.
Originally, Air Force leaders wanted to replace the AC-47 Spooky gunship with a C-130-based platform, but concerns over a shortage of theater airlift
and the cost of developing a C-130 gunship forced consideration of other platforms.