Date: April 18, 2018

Description

April 18th WRP Military Readiness, Homeland Security, Disaster Preparedness and Aviation Committee webinar on the Department of Department of Defense’s (DoD) aviation mission. 

The mission of the Department of Defense (DoD) is to “provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.”  The WRP region is important to the military’ ability to train; it has extensive training ranges (air, land and sea), premier testing facilities and unmatched military air space. Seventy-five percent of DoD Special Use Airspace is located within the WRP Region.

Airspace is a finite resource; increases in aviation operations and types of users along with changes in land use patterns can impact aviation missions.  As a general rule, most aircraft-related military operations are performed in segregated airspace, designed to accomplish any of several objectives. Because aviation operations may be conducted virtually anywhere in the world, the airspace used by the military for test and training not only requires a significant amount for its sheer volume, it must also include geographical features that typically can be expected to be encountered by such units.  Thus, there is a need to have airspace over water, deserts, mountains, etc. and may even include areas that replicate certain urban features. It is also important that as much as possible the airspace be in reasonably close proximity to a military aviation capable installation.

This presentation was conducted by Colonel Brett Howard (USAF), Lieutenant Colonel Meeker (USMC), Lieutenant Colonel Marentette (USAF), and Major Ledford (USMC).

Webinar topics included:

  • Overview of Department of Defense aviation mission, including types of aircraft currently flying and their roles in test and evaluation (T&E); training; and operations.
  • Why the southwest region provides a unique environment to conduct their mission.
  • DoD Special Use airspace (type/mission): Restricted Areas (RAs), Military Operations Areas (MOAs), and Military Training Routes (MTRs).
  • Airspace challenges that potentially impact DoD’s ability to carry out its flying mission and what the military can do to manage encroachment while being “good neighbors.”

For more information on this webinar, please contact amyduffy@westernregionalpartnership.org 

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

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