To identify whether the United States Transportation Command can meet the mobile demands of Army transformation and deploy a Stryker Brigade Combat Team from CONUS anywhere in the world and place them on the ground in 96 hours.
By Emanuel Huggins
Chairperson of the supervisory committee: Dr. Robert M. Simmonds
The purpose of this study is to determine if the United States Transportation Command has the capability to meet the mobile demands of Army transformation objectives and place a Stryker Brigade Combat Team on the ground anywhere in the world 96 hours after liftoff.
Having considered the SBCTs deployment configuration, available strategic airlift as it pertains to PAA, and throughput requirements, the Armys transformation objective of deploying a SBCT anywhere in the world 96 hours after liftoff is depicted in appendix 2. 12 Appendix 2 illustrates CONUS based deployments of SBCTs traveling a maximum distance of 1,325 nmi, with an allocation of 60 C-17s per SBCT going to a destination with a throughput capacity of nearly 5 C-17s per hour.
It is clear based on this illustration that the Armys transformation objective of deploying a SBCT anywhere in the world 96 hours after liftoff will require additional consideration.
Primary data for this research was obtained through a survey questionnaire posed to a small sample population of Combat Service Support officers and civilians in attendance at the Logistics Executive Developmental Course in Fort Lee, VA and recent graduates of LEDC currently in a graduate program with the Florida Institute of Technology. Secondary data in the form of a study conducted by the RAND Corporation titled Rethinking Strategic Responsiveness and Assessing Deployment Options; a study conducted by USTRANSCOM titled IBCT Air Mobility Deployment Analysis; a GAO Report titled Realistic Deployment Timelines Needed for Army Stryker Brigades; the 2001 Quadrennal Defense Review Report, and Developmental Strategy and Logistics Policy Reports prepared by LEDC students. In addition to the aforementioned studies and reports, news articles from the Army Times and Air Force Times were used to support this research.