Cost-Benefit Analysis of Marine Corps Search and Rescue (SAR): A Study of Alternatives for Marine Corps Air Stations at Cherry Point and Yuma
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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Local base search and rescue SAR units were established to provide support for military operations. Civilian communities have also benefited from SAR units, often utilizing the Marine Corps SAR capabilities to support local requests. However, SAR is not a core competency of the Marine Corps or a function of Marine aviation. The current fiscal climate demands that the Marine Corps seek ways to achieve cost savings while maintaining its core competencies. The divestiture of functions that do not support the Corps execution of its Title 10 responsibilities is a possible solution. Local base SAR units bear significant operations and support costs. Moreover, the Marine Corps faces additional modernization costs because of the age of its SAR aircraft. At the same time, the commercial helicopter industry has increased its ability to provide capable SAR services around the globe. Our research provides a current analysis of SAR costs to the Marine Corps and presents a cost projection for a 10-year time horizon. Our research also conducts an analysis of outsourcing the main findings of our analysis show that the Marine Corps can achieve annual savings of approximately 14 million FY 2014 through the use of commercially contracted SAR services at Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Cherry Point and MCAS Yuma.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Escape, Rescue and Survival