Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586 by Andrew C. A. Jampoler

By Andrew C. A. Jampoler

Within the culture of significant stories of fellows opposed to the ocean, Adak deals a compelling examine braveness and dedication within the face of convinced tragedy. Alfa Foxtrot 586 used to be a P-3 Orion on station on a delicate chilly battle venture off the Kamchatka Peninsula on 26 October 1978. while a propeller malfunction changed into an engine hearth, the pilot used to be compelled to ditch his turboprop into the empty, mountainous seas west of the Aleutian Islands. The plane went down in precisely 90 seconds, taking one of many 3 rafts with it. 13 males introduced the opposite rafts, the smallest of which extraordinarily overcrowded quickly started to leak, threatening the 9 males aboard. This account of the flight crew's determined conflict opposed to the ocean, and the heroic efforts to rescue them supply an engrossing precise tale of survival.

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44 SUMMARY A grand strategy is a chain of political and military ends and means. Military doctrine is a key component of grand strategy. Mili­ tary doctrines are important because they affect the quality of life in the international political system and the security of the states that hold them. Military doctrines may stress different military opera­ tions-offensive, defensive, or deterrent. Military doctrines may or may not be integrated with the political objectives of a grand strategy. They may be innovative or stagnant.

Those so­ cialized and promoted by the organization to do things in a particular way will, in their turn, apply the same criteria to their subordinates. Thus, SOPs, programs, and the organizations that are responsible for them become institutionalized . 1 6 They may hang on long after they have outlived their usefulness. The remarkable longevity of the horse cavalry in Western armies is a good example . Allison has observed that primary responsibility for any set of problems gives rise to "paro- Explaining Military Doctrine chial priorities and perceptions .

Positioning the tank on the reverse slope of a small hill and depress­ ing the muzzle of the gun exposes very little of the tank' s body to enemy fire, but allows it to fire . It is also SOP, on the offensive, to make the maximum possible use of irregularities in the terrain to mask the advancing tank. SOPs are combined in standard ways to produce programs. It might take a large number of SOPs to produce a program . 15 The two SOPs above can be combined into an effective offensive program: some tanks in a unit may stand in a hull-down, overwatch position, covering the advance of other tanks that are exploiting the terrain .

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