Scott Air Force Base’s critical role in a possible strike on Syria
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Officials at Scott Air Force Base are not commenting on what, if any role the base might be called upon to play in any military operation against Syria.
But under certain conditions, its role could be critical. Scott is the gas station of the world’s air force,” said Dr. Timothy Lomperis, a former Army Intelligence Officer who is now a professor of political science at St. Louis University.
Scott is headquarters for the Air Mobility Command, and one of the most critical missions it performs is coordinating aerial refueling, allowing planes to travel long distances and to fly for long periods of time while patrolling restricted air space.
But is that kind of air power that will be required for a strike against Syria, creating the need for aerial refueling.
Lomperis says it depends on the length if the operation.
‘if it is very short, like Operation Desert Fox, in which President Clinton claimed to destroy some pharmacy plants in the Sudan in three days it`s not likely because that would require just cruise missiles already on site.’
But does Lomperis think an attack against Syria would require more than just a shot across the bow to be effective?
‘What `shot across the bow` typically means is that it will require something further down the road, in other words if we ever attempt to degrade (Syria`s) capacity to deploy these weapons again we will need air to do that.’
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