Accession Number : ADA470260


Title :   Military Airlift: C-17 Aircraft Program


Descriptive Note : Research rept. revised


Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE


Personal Author(s) : Bolkcom, Christopher


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a470260.pdf


Report Date : 05 Jun 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 33


Abstract : The C-17 Globemaster III is a long-range cargo/transport aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force since 1993. Congress approved development of the aircraft in the late 1970s, when it was recognized that the Air Force did not have enough airlift capability. DOD planned to end C-17 production at 180 aircraft in FY2007, but both authorizers and appropriators voiced concern over that plan. Appropriators provided $2 billion in un-requested funding to purchase 10 additional C-17 aircraft and directed DOD to fund the program in FY2008. The C-17 program is at the center of a number of airlift debates that confront policymakers. These issues include, but may not be limited to airlift needs and requirements, cost and budget, and industrial base issues.


Descriptors :   *TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT , *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS , CONGRESS , PAYLOAD , MILITARY AIRCRAFT , COSTS , LONG RANGE(DISTANCE)


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Transport Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE