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Defense Transportation Journal, June 1999, 26. During the US Senate Strategic Lift Hearing in March 1999, commander in chief of US- 41 FAIRCHILD PAPER TRANSCOM, Gen Charles T. , responded to committee chairman, Sen. James M. 7 MTM/D. 55. Col Michael Fricano, “Future Directions of Air Mobility,” Mobility Requirements Study 05. Slide presentation at the December meeting of the Maxwell chapter of the Airlift Tanker Association, 13 December 1999, 5. 56. Ibid. 57. : Directorate of Plans and Programs, October 1997), 5-18–5-22.
The combat assets needed to perform air superiority, however, require mobility 29 FAIRCHILD PAPER assets to put them in place. During Operation Desert Shield, Iraqi forces remained inactive during the coalition forces buildup. The MRS BURU assumes that future adversaries will allow the same buildup. Yet, rarely does an adversary permit an uninterrupted buildup of aggressive forces against itself. Nonsimultaneous Wars. 34 Without enough time between the two wars, USTRANSCOM might not be able to regenerate and transfer prepositioned equipment.
Additionally, if the enemy destroyed a runway or airport, the flow of cargo would simply divert to an alternate airport. Seaports provide lucrative targets versus airports because of the large volume of cargo that a ship unloads. A lack of suitable ports could complicate a deployment dependent on sea lift. 61 Sea lines of communication and choke points are more vulnerable than ALOCs and en route airports. If sea-lift ships deploying to the Persian Gulf were unable to transit the Suez Canal, the trip around Africa would add a week to TPFDD schedules.