The Civil Reserve Air Fleet: A Vulnerable National Asset
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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U.S. military war planning is based upon the use of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet CRAF to augment organic air mobility assets when deploying and sustaining forces in a contingency. While the CRAF is a tremendous national asset, its resources are not suitable for operations into airfields vulnerable to surface-to-air missile threats or chemical, biological or radiological attack. If a major conventional war erupts and CRAF assets are restricted from operating into planned aerial ports of debarkation, APODs a combatant commanders planned force deployment flow will be affected and the deployment timeline will be extended. U.S. military strategic airlift assets will not be sufficient to adequately flow forces to the desired APODs after CRAF transload at an intermediate staging base. The impact will be significant and war plans will have to be reconsidered.
- Civilian Aircraft
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics