Environmental Assessment Preparation for Air Force Test Mission in the 21st Century: Upgrade and Improve the Test Capability at the Edwards AFB Test Complex
AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA TEST WING (412TH) 412TH CIVIL ENGINEER GROUP Edwards AFB United States
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The underlying purpose and need for the Alternatives is to support the Air Force test mission at the Edwards Air Force Base AFB Test Complex by updating and enhancing current test facilities. The test facilities are used to support various test missions that plan, conduct, analyze, and report on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software and components as well as modeling and simulation for the U.S. Air Force. Facility needs at Edwards AFB are constantly changing as new test missions develop. These missions can last for months to years and then terminate with the facilities being used to support the next test mission. Test missions are individually funded by the specific test mission client and can be conducted concurrently with other test missions. Prior to establishment at the base, new test mission clients identify suitable facilities on a case-by-case basis. The facilities are not typically co-located and are established without consolidated guidance of land constraints. Edwards AFB is developing this EA to document the environmental analysis of similar actions by zones associated with enhancement and the additional test capabilities that are anticipated to be needed to support future test missions. The updating and enhancement of test facilities at the Edwards AFB Test Complex should make optimum use of existing facilities utilities and structures in a cost efficient manner that is consistent with Base priorities while delineating zones of construction which can enhance test capabilities. The goal of the Test Complex is to meet Edwards AFBs changing test mission requirements, and to do so in a fiscally sound manner. This approach will prevent duplication of effort for each new test mission per Title 32 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 989.10, while providing advance information for environmental planning.
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