Accession Number:

ADA470260

Title:

Military Airlift: C-17 Aircraft Program

Descriptive Note:

Research rept. revised

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-06-05

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

The C-17 Globemaster III is a long-range cargotransport aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force since 1993. Congress approved development of the aircraft in the late 1970s, when it was recognized that the Air Force did not have enough airlift capability. DOD planned to end C-17 production at 180 aircraft in FY2007, but both authorizers and appropriators voiced concern over that plan. Appropriators provided 2 billion in un-requested funding to purchase 10 additional C-17 aircraft and directed DOD to fund the program in FY2008. The C-17 program is at the center of a number of airlift debates that confront policymakers. These issues include, but may not be limited to airlift needs and requirements, cost and budget, and industrial base issues.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Transport Aircraft
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE