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Military Airspace: Better Planning Is Needed to Meet Future Requirements
With the introduction of advanced aircraft, weapons, and tactics, military airspace requirements are changing and increasing. Concurrently, commercial and general aviations demand for the nation's airspace is also increasing, and this trend is expected to continue through the year 2000. As a result of these higher demands and because of concern over the economic and environmental impacts associated with setting aside airspace for military use, acquiring required airspace for military use has become difficult and time consuming. Primarily because airspace was more readily available in the past and less was needed, the services have not developed long-range plans defining airspace needs and how those needs will be met. For the most part, individual military units are responsible for initiating proposals for additional airspace on a case-by-case basis when airspace shortages are identified.
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