Air Force Aircraft: Reorganizing Mobility Aircraft Units Could Reduce Costs
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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Over the past few years, the Department of Defense DOD has been interested in modernizing its forces with new weapons and equipment. For a variety of reasons, these efforts have been stymied, and funds that DOD expected to have available to modernize the force have been needed instead for current operational activities. Therefore, you have expressed an interest in reducing operating costs. We have been assessing various Air Force activities to determine the feasibility of reducing operating costs. A few years ago, we evaluated whether the Air Force could operate its fighter forces more cost-effectively. In May 1996, we reported that the Air Forces fighter force was not organized economically and recommended that the Air Force develop an implementation plan for operating its fighter force in larger, more cost-effective squadrons. DOD concurred with that recommendation. For this follow-on effort, we assessed the cost-effectiveness of organizing the Air Forces airlift and refueling force into fewer, larger-sized squadrons and wings. In making this assessment, we 1 evaluated the effect that reorganization may have on mission accomplishment, 2 determined whether costs could be reduced through redistributing aircraft among fewer wings, and 3 developed five possible options for redistributing C-130 and KC-135 aircraft among fewer wings at lower operating costs. This report focuses on the reserve component combat C-130 and KC-135 aircraft.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Military Forces and Organizations