Improving USAF Special Tactics readiness to meet the operational demands of the USAF and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

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Authors
Allen, Thaddeus P.
Subjects
Special Tactics
Combat Control
Pararescueman
Readiness
Special Tactics Team
Air Force Special Operations
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McCormick, Gordon
Date of Issue
2002-06
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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The sometimes-divergent mission of the USAF and US SOCOM has strained the ability of USAF Special Tactics (ST) to meet the operational demands of each. The thesis will determine if USAF Special Tactics (ST) can better meet the operational requirements of both the USAF and USSOCOM. This is not a manpower study but a study of the readiness training required to support the ST operational mission. The thesis identifies ST requirements as the capability to perform its core competencies, Terminal Control, Recovery, and Reconnaissance, and their nine associated core tasks. This thesis will quantify the Training Time Required (TTR) and the Training Time Allotted (TTA) to accomplish the minimum essential training required to meet ST operational demands. Although the TTR to meet this demand exceeds the TTA, there are strategies available to deal with this training shortfall. With an improved readiness system in place ST can be more prepared to meet the operational demands of both the USAF and SOCOM. Choices must be made to implement a readiness system that best prepares for operational requirements, encourages innovative approaches, and maintains the flexibility to train for emerging missions.
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Thesis
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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xiv, 71 p. ill. (some col.) ;
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