Air Force Operations Overseas in Peacetime OPTEMPO and Force Structure Implications,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The post-Desert Storm era increasingly has been characterized by involvement of U.S. military forces in contingency operations short of war-activities of prolonged duration to enforce peace agreements and truces, to uphold standards of international conduct, and to provide humanitarian aid. This, together with regular military-to-military interactions and continued basing of forces in Europe and the Pacific, has made it imperative that the defense community assess the implications of ongoing operations overseas. This documented briefing seeks to capture the breadth of the Air Forces commitment to supporting the President and his combatant commanders-in-chief during peacetime. It also provides insights into what this commitment implies for the USAF force structure. This work was performed as part of a Project AIR FORCE-wide effort sponsored by Maj. Gen. Charles Link, former Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, National Defense Review. The goal of this effort was to provide a documented and credible analytic foundation for the Air Force as it worked to ensure that its capabilities were accurately portrayed in the Deep Attack Weapons Mix Study, in the Quadrennial Defense Review, and in the National Defense Panel.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics