Accession Number : ADA493970


Title :   Technological Innovation: Roles and Implications in Army Aviations Special Operations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Polen, Richard A.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA493970


Report Date : DEC 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : The Global War on Terror and recent shift of focus from conventional warfare to unconventional warfare reflects a need to replace Cold War era helicopters. Case studies including the development of the AH-56 Cheyenne, OH-13 Sioux, and the MH-60 Direct Action Penetrator provide reference points to develop a general premise of the aviation community's ability to capitalize on technological innovations. Examining the process of innovation throughout the history of Army Aviation will provide a framework to apply the concepts of innovation to the present and future operations of Army Aviation Special Operations. The diffusion of innovation theory identifies that 2.5% of the whole represents the true innovators. The size of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), representing approximately 5% of the entire Army aircraft inventory, is analogous with the concept of true innovators. The 160th SOAR is a great option for the integration of an advanced commercial aircraft, meeting the requirement for a specialized aircraft in Special Operations and the advancement of aircraft for the conventional Army.


Descriptors :   *CONVENTIONAL WARFARE , *HELICOPTERS , *TERRORISM , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , ARMY AIRCRAFT , ARMY AVIATION , SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , CASE STUDIES , COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT , HISTORY


Subject Categories : HELICOPTERS
      MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE