Pitfalls in Fighter Force Planning,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This paper examines the problem of fighter force development by examining recurrent mistakes we tend to make in requirements generation. It does not aim to criticize existing force structure. The author finds that endeavor rather unhelpful. For all its strengths and deficiencies, our current fighter inventory is going to be with us for many years. Whatever improvements that may occur in the meantime will, for the most part, be incremental and along the margins. Accordingly, rather than venture yet another personal opinion as to what the ideal fighter force should entail, the author would prefer to think about our fighter needs in a way that might help us steer away from some of the pitfalls that have caused us to misdirect our force modernization efforts in the past. The author presents the following suggestions 1 Improved collection on enemy operations and training 2 Greater involvement of operators in threat assessment and 3 Incorporation of enemy vulnerability analysis into operational planning.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Administration and Management