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Accession Number ADA562545
Title Need for the Next Special Operations Forces' Mobility Aircraft.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 37p
Personal Author J. K. Michalek
Abstract The proliferation of threat systems and Anti-Access, Area Denial (A2/AD) strategies make performing special operations forces (SOF) air mobility missions increasingly complicated and limit the capability to defeat air defenses and penetrate into denied airspace. Combined with an aging inventory, ill suited to evading these threats, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) must look to technology to defeat the more modern threat systems and anti-access strategies. The best answer to penetrate future, denied regions is in stealth or low observable (LO) technology. National strategy documents already prioritize the SOF mission and identify the need for maintaining a very capable SOF. Current fiscal realities and a cut in defense spending seem to discourage talk o funding a new capability or procuring a new platform. However, the case for improving SOF enablers and funding SOF programs is well documented in recent strategic guidance and budget priority documents. Regardless of the fiscal situation, SOF will get the support it needs from national leadership to maintain its dominance in asymmetric warfare. The U.S. needs to invest in procuring and developing the next generation LO SOF mobility aircraft.
Keywords Aging(Materials)
Air defense
Airmobile operations
Area denial
Special operations forces

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
51C - Aircraft
Corporate Author Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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