MISSION AND COMMUNITY: THE AIR FORCE SOLUTION TO FUNDING BOTH
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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As the platform for Air Force weapon systems, installations serve as the cornerstone for delivering airpower. Failing to adequately invest and recapitalize Air Force infrastructure jeopardizes the readiness of the force and this nation. Yet, the Air Force has assumed risk in its infrastructure in order to fund other competing priorities. The poor condition of Air Force installations and the health of its infrastructure are becoming increasingly worse each year due to underinvestment. The appropriated budget is simply stretched too thin to fund all the requirements. While the Air Force places significant emphasis on providing the highest quality of community support to its Airmen and families, this community focus comes at a great pricean appropriated price. The Air Force must examine alternatives to provide topnotch community support through funding avenues other than appropriations. This research conducts quantitative analysis to highlight opportunities for the Air Force to improve its appropriated investment strategy to more adequately provide both community and mission focus. Public-public and public-private partnerships offer a solution to provide outstanding community support while offsetting the appropriated investment by leveraging private and commercial funding. Eliminating the requirement to invest appropriations into community support allows a more balanced and designed recapitalization strategy for the Air Forces mission essential infrastructure.
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