The NATO SOF Air Wing: a basing decision
Cox, James M.
Greenshields, Mr. Brian
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There is a critical shortfall in special operations aviation support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations (NATO) special operations forces (SOF). One way this shortfall can be addressed is through the procurement and sustainment of the NATO SOF Air Wing (NSAW) under NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ). NSHQ coordinates, trains, and employs NATOs special operation forces. With the addition of organic SOF aviation forces, NATOs ground forces capabilities and mission success will be enhanced. This thesis focuses on the basing recommendations for the NATO SOF Air Wing. The basing location for the NATO SOF Air Wing has centered on proximity to NATO SOF HQ in Mons, Belgium and minimized other important considerations, such as runway requirements, tarmac space, supporting infrastructure, weather, and proximity to training. A location decision is a complex endeavor; one that has long-term impact and therefore requires systematic analysis to find an effective and efficient solution. This thesis follows previous military efforts utilizing business sector applications to improve the decision making. Specifically, it applies the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to the NATO SOF Air Wing basing decision to provide an effective and efficient recommendation.
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