Rethinking Theater Airlift to Support the Army After Next
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Colonel Allvin analyzes the theater airlift implications for the United States Army's vision, Army After Next (AAN)—now called the Army Vision: The Transformation of the Army, which is a continuum of the AAN—for land warfare in the twenty-first century. He identifies theater airlift capabilities critical to the AAN concept and examines emerging systems that seem likely to furnish those capabilities. He argues that improvements in cargo-handling, situational awareness, and defensive systems—as well as the ability to operate in austere conditions—constitute the most crucial future requirements for theater airlift. Colonel Allvin concludes that the most promising emerging systems for achieving required theater airlift capabilities include the tilt-wing concept, autonomous cargo-handling systems, and a standoff capability for examining the suitability of opportune landing sites
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