An Expeditionary Air Force Needs Tailhooks

Hendrix, Henry
May 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;May2003, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p140
Conference Proceeding
For much of 1990s even as U.S. Air Force has struggled to formalize its expeditionary, concept of operations, it has struggled to obtain and maintain rights to base aircraft in foreign lands during periods of combat. One of the key concepts behind Admiral Vern Clark's idea of Sea Power 21 is sea basing and the ability to operate anywhere in the world without a permission slip, byutilizing the inherent sovereignty of naval platforms at sea. There are clear advantages to this strategic construct, which allows all parts of the Navy and Marine Corps team to maneuver to objectives without reliance on foreign assistance and there is no reason these advantages could not be extended to our joint partners. Some Air Force units have been exposed to the inherent flexibility of sea basing, since venerable EA-6Bs assumed a monopoly on the electronic attack mission and began incorporating Air Force officers into their crews and commands.


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