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Military Readiness: Air Transport Capability Falls Short of Requirements
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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DOD does not have sufficient airlift and aerial refueling capability to meet the two major theater war requirements because many aircraft needed to carry out wartime activities are not mission ready, For example, during fiscal years 1997 through 1999, on average only 55 percent of the C-5 fleet, the Air Forces largest cargo aircraft, was mission capable-significantly short of the 75 percent expected for wartime. In total, we estimate DOD is short 1 over 29 percent of the needed military airlift capability and 2 nearly 19 percent of the needed refueling aircraft. While the shortfalls do not mean the United States cannot win two major theater wars, the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff estimates that due to airlift shortfalls, military forces would arrive later than originally planned, thereby increasing the risk that war plans would not be executed in a timely manner and possibly increasing casualties.
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