Airlift Direct Delivery. A Definition and Some Modeling Considerations.
AIR FORCE CENTER FOR STUDIES AND ANALYSES WASHINGTON DC
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A proposed working definition for Airlift Direct Delivery is Air movement of cargo and troops from out-of-theater airfields directly to those in- theater operating bases landing zones, extraction zones, or drop zones located nearest to desired final destinations. An airlift fleet with some direct delivery capability offers two main advantages 1 Greater wartime effectiveness because of faster delivery both to main and to forward operating bases and 2 Potentially lower peacetime acquisition and support costs because less intratheater lift is needed and less cargo processing support is required for deployment. The benefits of Airlift Direct Delivery are measurable if analysts examine the performance of alternative airlift fleet mixes under consistent assumptions about airlift requirements, the air network available, and airlift sortie characteristics.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
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