Kosovo Air Operations: Combat Aircraft Basing Plans Are Needed in Advance of Future Conflicts
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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On March 24,1999, the United States provided military forces in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO combat operations against Yugoslavia following the failure of peace talks and escalating violence against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Combat operations officially ended on June 20,1999, with the Yugoslav acceptance of a peace plan and the United Nations endorsement of the plan. Your Committee requested that we examine a number of issues associated with the conduct of these combat operations, called Operation Allied Force. This report, one in a series responding to your requests, assesses how well the United States was prepared for basing its combat aircraft during this operation. Specifically, we determined 1 whether plans were in place to determine where and how to deploy combat aircraft for an operation like Allied Force, 2 how combat aircraft basing decisions were coordinated among the services and allied nations, and 3 whether the United States had the necessary international agreements in place to enable it to quickly execute plans for such an operation.
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