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Lifeblood of Seabasing: Sustainment Through Rapid Strategic Airlift Matthew T Magness

Lifeblood of Seabasing: Sustainment Through Rapid Strategic Airlift

Matthew T Magness

Published September 13th 2012
ISBN : 9781249371755
Paperback
114 pages
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The future of Seabasing rests with the capability to rapidly re-supply and sustain forces from strategic distances. Sealift presents one way of accomplishing this sustainment- however, it is slow. The solution for rapid long-range sustainment of aMoreThe future of Seabasing rests with the capability to rapidly re-supply and sustain forces from strategic distances. Sealift presents one way of accomplishing this sustainment- however, it is slow. The solution for rapid long-range sustainment of a Seabase must come in the form of aircraft capable of lifting massive weights over vast distances and delivering them directly to the structure. This thesis explores the primary research question: What are the long-range, heavy lift aircraft programs that could sustain Seabasing? The question is explored by using the Wisconsin 7-Step Problem-Solving Strategy: state the problem, determine the solution criteria, gather needed information, generate potential solutions, compare solutions and problem, select the solution, and prepare communications. Four concepts were identified (Lighter-than-Air, Wing-in-Ground, Advanced Theater Transport, and Seaplanes) as having the capabilities to support Seabasing. Due to the many factors associated with determining the best solution, a technique of performing a grid analysis with weighted criteria is used. The results indicate that the best types of aircraft suited to sustain a Seabase are ones that are large, joint in development and operation, can be utilized outside standard military applications, and are capable of carrying massive payloads great distances.