Accession Number:

ADA280404

Title:

Strategic Airlift: Further Air Base Reductions in Europe Could Jeopardize Capability

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

Report Date:

1994-06-02

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

Under the new national security strategy, more emphasis is placed on increasing our capability to rapidly deploy armed forces from the United States. Long-range strategic airlift aircraft, such as the C-5 and the C-141, are the principal means by which the United States can quickly respond to overseas military or humanitarian crises. Under the most logistically demanding battlefield scenario-the Middle East-the airlift aircraft would need to land somewhere in Europe for refueling, crew changes, andor maintenance checks. Over the past few years, U.S. airlift operations at several air bases in Europe have been closed, and operations at others reduced or placed on standby status. Six key air bases remain operational that can support U.S. airlift flights to the Middle East. As requested, we determined 1 whether the Air Force has sufficient capability at these six bases in Europe to support airlift aircraft headed for the Middle East and 2 how reductions in U.S. operations at any of the six bases would like affect airlift capabilities. Global airlift operations use a network of 14 key overseas air bases to service the flow of U.S.-based strategic airlift aircraft. Approximately every 3,500 miles, these aircraft must land at one of these bases for refueling, maintenance, crew changes, andor cargo handling. Six of the bases are in Europe, where they support airlift going to the Middle East. Some of them also support the 6 bases in Europe that are the subject of this report.

Subject Categories:

  • Transport Aircraft
  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE