Sustaining the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) Program
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report describes four broad initiatives needed for managing and employing the Civil Reserve Air Fleet CRAF over the next decade. CRAF airlines have provided essential support to the US military since the Korean War. Today, CRAF airlines are supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, and are committing nearly double the amount of commercial aircraft required by DoD for its most demanding war plans. Over the coming decade, the Defense Departments management and employment of CRAF will need to adapt to meet a number of significant challenges. The airline industry is facing unprecedented financial losses, and will undergo significant restructuring at the same time, developments in the global security environment, as well as the Departments aircraft purchases and transformational initiatives, will reshape their employment of the fleet. But, if DoD takes the appropriate steps, it can continue to rely on adequate support from US airlines for military operations through the remainder of this decade, and beyond.
- Commercial and General Aviation
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics