The Navy has made great strides in the past 20 years to modernize and better organize its helicopter force, but there is still much to do to optimize it. Helicopters are indispensable assets and force multipliers—and can be critical components of distributed lethality, if only the Navy will let them. The emphasis in doctrine on carrier-based aviation handicaps the helicopter forces, and the current organizational structure undervalues the expeditionary units and stifles innovation. The Navy should reorganize its rotary-wing aviation forces by deployment model to give the expeditionary helicopter community the tools to develop into the warfighters the Navy needs for the new century.
A House Divided