By Bill Gunston
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It would serve as a technical consultant group charged with operations analysis and longrange planning to examine future warfare and the best way the Air Force could perform its missions . The new position, which became effective 5 December 1945, drew criticism from the powerful Air Materiel Command, which heretofore tightly controlled the AAF procurement process from initial requirements to completed system . AMC favored rigid directives establishing specific AAF-determined goals for contractors without involving civilians in the planning process .
With sufficient money available, the Air Force, like the other services, would likely pursue a new mission to increase its share of the budget . General Vandenberg's declaration appeared at a most opportune time forAir Force interests because Defense Department officials had decided once again to address the organizational squabble over roles and missions . Since September 1947 responsibility for satellite issues in the Defense Department belonged to the Research and Development Board's Committee on Guided Missiles .
Paradoxically, as the Air Force's commitment to develop an ICBM diminished, its determination to be designated sole authority responsible for long-range missiles increased . Even with long-range cruise missiles, for which Air Force leaders sought exclusive control based on the service's strategic mission, it normally chose not to implement programs leading to operational missiles . Efforts to garner exclusive control of missiles would continue . In 19 Beyond H orizons September 1948, for example, the Defense Department awarded the Air Force operational control of surface-to-surface pilotless aircraft as well as strategic missiles .
Aviation - The First 100 Years by Bill Gunston