The joint operating environment will undergo many changes in the next 10-20 years. The proliferation of disruptive technology will further enhance an adversary’s anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) strategies. The C-130 will also be reaching the end of its life expectancy in this same timeframe. Conflicts that occur in this future operating environment will share common logistical and basing problems that require the air mobility enterprise to provide the Joint community with alternatives to the existing supply chain model.
On Monday, Major Matt Andrews will argue that the tactical airlift platform that replaces the C-130 must have vertical/short take-off and landing (V/STOL) capability in order to be able to effectively contribute to multi-domain operations in the future joint operating environment. He will discuss why the Air Force should develop and organic V/STOL tactical airlift capability, how existing V/STOL programs can be matured, and recommend additional requirements for the C-X platform. Major Andrews is a C-130 Weapons Officer and currently serves as AETC’s Combat Systems Officer Program Chief.