Accession Number:

ADA433138

Title:

Support Air and Space Expeditionary Forces. Analysis of Combat Support Basing Options

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

2004-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

130.0

Abstract:

The Air Force is committed to the Air and Space Expeditionary Force AEF concept and the transformation needed to enable the Air Force to project power quickly to any region of the world. Forward positioning of heavy war reserve materiel WRM resources in a well- chosen forward support location FSL posture is central to that concept. The focus of this report is on the presentation and discussion of an analytic framework that can be used to evaluate alternative FSL basing and transportation options for use in assessing WRM storage options in an uncertain world. The presentation of this framework is important because it addresses how to assess alternative options in terms of the relevant programming costs. This formulation minimizes FSL operating, construction, and transportation costs associated with meeting training and deterrent exercises needed to demonstrate the U.S. militarys capability to repeatedly project power to important regions around the world, thereby deterring aggression, while maintaining the FSL storage capacity and throughput necessary to engage in conflicts should deterrence fail. This concept is based on the notion that the United States can no longer know, with a high degree of accuracy, what nation, combination of nations, or non-state actors will pose a threat to vital U.S. interests. Consequently, the U.S. Air Force must be ready to deploy capable forces quickly across a wide range of potential scenarios.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE