Risk Analysis for Explosives Operations,
AIR FORCE INSPECTION AND SAFETY CENTER KIRTLAND AFB NM
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In order to be of any military utility munitions must be placed at the intended point of use in the quantity necessary and within the time constraints of the situation. For most Air Force applications, that means on an aircraft ready for launch or, at the very least, on the base of intended use. However, many bases, particularly overseas locations, have limited capability because land and money are not available to construct enough munitions storage and operating facilities to meet all operational requirements. In addition, traditional philosophy emphasized absolute levels of safety. As a result, combat units must rely on centralized storage ammunition areas in overseas theaters of operation and CONUS storage for the bulk of their conventional wartime munitions requirements. In a short notice conventional conflict, these assets may have no utility because they will not be available during the first critical days when they will be needed most.