MILITARY AIRLIFT: Observations on the Civil Reserve Air Fleet Program
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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The extent of carrier participation varies in different segments of the CRAF program. 1 Commercial carriers have committed only 19 of the 44 aircraft required for aeromedical evacuation. As a result, AMC could have difficulties evacuating casualties from an overseas contingency operation. 2 Carriers have committed 114 of the 120 wide-body equivalent aircraft required for cargo airlift. However, this shortage of aircraft has not affected DODs ability to quickly deploy troops and equipment. 3 Participation in passenger airlift exceeds requirementsa commitment of 161 wide-body equivalent aircraft to meet a requirement of 136. To encourage continued carrier participation, AMC has proposed making the award of additional DOD and other government airlift business contingent on some form of commitment to the CRAF program. Additionally, AMC is addressing carriers concerns about war risk insurance coverage.
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