Employment of the C-17 in Support of National Objectives
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How can the C-17 support the military objectives of rapid mobility Should the aircraft be a strategic, or a tactical, airlifter, or can it fulfill a mixture of both strategic and tactical This paper examines employment opportunities for rapid power projection from CONUS, and how the C-17 can be employed in a rapid and cost effective role in supporting the war fighting CINC. The direct delivery option can provide for rapid mobility in support of national objectives, but is direct delivery viable Seams have developed in the transition from inter-theater to intra-theater movement of cargo, and what employment method of the C-17 can minimize this seam Using actual cargo hauled from Ramstein, Germany to Bosnia during December, 1995 and February 1996, a model was developed to optimize for the least cost of cargo movement with a fleet of C-17s and C-130s. The recommendation of this paper is the direct delivery sortie is efficient, and the C-17 can be utilized in a strategic and tactical role in a very cost effective method for rapid power projection.
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