Analysis of the Air Force Logistics Enterprise. Evaluation of Global Repair Network Options for Supporting the F-16 and KC-135
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The Air Force has developed an extensive set of logistics resources and concepts to support training, deployment, employment, and redeployment of air, space, and cyber forces. Since the establishment of the Iraqi no-fly zones following the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the Air Force has been continuously engaged in rotational deployments, which have presented a very different set of challenges from those that were used to develop the current support posture, one still largely based on assumptions developed during the Cold War. Changes to the operational environment, such as rotational deployments of less-than-squadron-size operationally tasked units to unanticipated locations for unknown durations, may warrant changes to the Air Forces logistics infrastructure and concepts of operation, but the questions of what changes and to what extent remain unanswered. Recognizing the importance of the logistics enterprise, the Air Force has initiated a set of interrelated transformation activities, including Air Force Smart Operations 21, a way of institutionalizing continuous process improvement Expeditionary Logistics for the 21st Century U.S. Air Force, 2005, an effort to transform current logistics processes to improve support to the operational units and Repair Enterprise 21 RE21,1 which establishes an enterprise wide repair capability via the use of centralized intermediate repair facilities CIRFs for a subset of aircraft avionics and engines. However, ensuring that these efforts which may at times promote conflicting objectives remain integrated into a larger vision for transformation is a cause for concern.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft