Navy-Marine Corps Tactical Air Integration Plan: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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As part of its FY2004 budget submission, the Department of the Navy DoN has proposed implementing a Navy-Marine Corps Tactical Air Integration TAI plan that would manage the Navys strike fighters and the Marine Corps strike fighters more like a common pool of strike fighters. DoN officials say the TAI plan would permit DoN to perform its stated missions with a smaller total number of operational strike fighters, and thereby permit DoN to reduce its planned buy of FA-18EF and F-35 strike fighters by 497 aircraft. Not procuring these 497 aircraft, DoN officials say, would save DoN about 35 billion in aircraft procurement costs and significantly reduce DoNs projected approaching procurement bow wave. The TAI plan poses potential issues for Congress regarding its effect on total DoN strike fighter capability, its cost effectiveness, and its possible significance in terms of further integration of U.S. military aviation assets in the future.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Economics and Cost Analysis