Academic journal article Military Review

Mobilizing the Air National Guard for the Persian Gulf War

Academic journal article Military Review

Mobilizing the Air National Guard for the Persian Gulf War

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MOBILIZING THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD FOR THE PERSIAN GULF WAR: Lessons and New Directions by James E. Lightfoot. 154 pages. Air University Press, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. 1994. No charge.

James E. Lightfoot's book details the Air National Guard mobilization process for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While noting the Air National Guard's successful mission integration into the US Air Force structure, Lightfoot describes executive, managerial and unit-level mobilization shortcomings. He identifies Gulf War lessons learned and offers new direction to those involved in the mobilization process.

Important beginning background information is given on Air National Guard development and mobilization problems encountered during the Berlin Airlift and the Korean and Vietnam wars. This historical perspective is key to understanding how problems developed and why. Despite improvements over the years, major problems persist today. Lightfoot also explains how congressional and military regulation language legalities on mobilization call-up were major Gulf War mobilization stumbling blocks.

Next, Lightfoot provides three unit case studies of successful war mobilization despite continuing mobilization process problems. …

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