Transforming the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to Enable Combat Power in a Fiscally Constrained Environment
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Today more than ever, the U.S. military relies on rapid global mobility to enable joint force deployment, sustainment, and maneuverability, ensuring combat power can be delivered anywhere, anytime. The United States Transportation Command USTRANSCOM Commander, as the provider of joint mobility forces, has flexible airlift capability in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet CRAF to provide rapid global reach in support of the warfighter. Without guaranteed access to CRAF for both steady-state operations and surge war scenarios, airlift capacity will not meet DOD requirements. This paper explores innovative opportunities for the CRAF to gain capability and improve efficiency. Finally, this paper draws the conclusion that USTRANSCOM must transform CRAF capabilities to meet the evolving joint deployment mission in a fiscally constrained environment.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics