Military Readiness: Civil Reserve Air Fleet Can Respond as Planned, but Incentives May Need Revamping
United States General Accounting Office Washington United States
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The National Airlift Policy,2 issued in June 1987, reinforced the need for and use of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet CRAF program, established in1951.3 The policy states that military and commercial airlift resources are equally important that DOD should determine which resources must be moved by the military and which can be moved by commercial air carriers and that commercial carriers will be relied upon to provide airlift capability beyond the capability of the military fleet. It also states that during peacetime, DOD requirements for passengers andor cargo airlift augmentation shall be satisfied by the procurement of airlift from commercial air carriers participating in the CRAF program.