U.S. Combat Air Power: Aging Refueling Aircraft are Costly to Maintain and Operate.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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Air refueling extends the operational range of the military services aircraft, increases combat capabilities, and enhances commanders flexibility in the use of aircraft. During Operation Desert Storm, the Air Force routinely refueled Navy, Marine Corps, allied, and its own aircraft. Since then, because of contingency and other operations, the demands on the tanker fleet have not diminished, even though the services have downsized in many other areas. During this review, GAO examined the services air refueling needs, the cost to operate and maintain the air refueling fleet, and the impact that the air refueling missions have on the active and reserve forces. This report is one of a series of reports assessing how the Department of Defense DOD might better adapt its combat air power to meet future needs.
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