Accession Number : ADA264149


Title :   Maintaining Civil Reserve Air Fleet Participation


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI


Personal Author(s) : Evans, Carl D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264149.pdf


Report Date : 22 Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) is a voluntary partnership between the Department of Defense and participating commercial air carriers and is a critical component of the strategic airlift capability of the United States. It provides operational flexibility for rapidly expanding airlift capability during crises, contingencies, or war. The CRAF was activated during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM for the first time since its creation in 1952. Although the CRAF performed superbly during the deployment, resupply, and redeployment phases of this conflict, several issues have emerged that could threaten voluntary participation in the future. This paper examines the history, organization, and structure of the CRAF, its contribution to the success of OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, and how the lessons-learned from this conflict have been applied to improve the flexibility of the CRAF program. It also examines the issues threatening CRAF participation and possible solutions for maintaining a viable CRAF program.... Strategic mobility, Civil reserve air fleet, Strategic airlift, Commercial airline support of DoD.


Descriptors :   *DEPLOYMENT , *COMMERCIAL AVIATION , *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS , MOBILITY , LESSONS LEARNED , PHASE , WARTIME , INCENTIVE CONTRACTS , AIR TRANSPORTATION , CONFLICT , TERMINAL FLIGHT FACILITIES , CRISIS MANAGEMENT , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Transport Aircraft
      Commercial and General Aviation


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE