Air Transport

Air Transport allows NATO to deploy, employ and redeploy forces and equipment quickly, sustain those forces, and support the effective application of military effort. The speed and flexibility of military airlift make it the preferred means of transport in support of most military and humanitarian operations. Robust strategic airlift capabilities are vital to ensure that NATO countries are able to deploy their forces and equipment rapidly around the globe.

To make progress in the field of the Air Mobility and be more flexible in any evolving situation, we provide related expertise to the transformation of Joint Air Power at the operational level and engagement at the tactical level when necessary.

Featured Publications

NATO’s Multinational MRTT Unit

An Update and Case Study for Future Defence Cooperation
By Lt Col 
Isaiah 
Oppelaar 
In the 32 Since publishing, a number of developments within NATO’s Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) mission set warrants revisiting this topic. This article will provide a brief review of the formation of the MMU, update on the [...]

The Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet Programme

Relevant for NATO-EU Military Air Transport?
By Lt Col 
Juan Manuel 
Chomón Pérez 
‘Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.’ Franklin D. Roosevelt During [...]

Italian Bio-transport During COVID-19

Blueprint for the Alliance – How the Italian Air Force Managed Bio-transport During the Pandemic
By Lt Gen 
Domenico 
Abbenante 
By Maj 
Massimo 
Di Milia 
The Italian Air Force (ITAF) contributes to the Ministry of Defence Coronavirus DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic plan of action with various capabilities and structures. A key example of this is the implementation of the Bio-containment [...]

Subject Matter Experts

Major

Massimo Di Milia

Subject Matter Expert 
Air Transport

Major Di Milia Massimo Di Milia joined the Italian AF in 2004. He was trained by the USAF and qualified as Military Pilot in 2009. Flying cargo and airlift missions on C-130’s throughout his operational career, he obtained all combat qualifications including assault landing, NVGs, cargo and parachute drops, either...

Lieutenant Colonel

Jared D. Thompson

Subject Matter Expert 
Air Transport

Lieutenant Colonel Jared D. Thompson serves as Air Mobility Strategist, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (NATO), in Kalkar, Germany. In this role, he executes the JAPCC Program of Work for air mobility interoperability and compatibility efforts and supports the Military Committee Joint Standardization Board as Chairman of the Air Transportation...

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