Based on large-scale trends regarding Air Force planning over the 25 years from fiscal years 1962 to 1986, this report compares inputs — in the form of defense resources — with posture outputs — such as alert strategic warheads, tactical fighter squadrons, airlift ton-mile potential, etc. After examining important trends in Department of Defense and Air Force budgets, the author ......
The goal of the defense budget is to deliver a portfolio of capabilities to meet a spectrum of uncertain future security environments. Despite progress in recent U.S. Air Force capabilities-based programming efforts, many limitations persist, and there are many disconnects between capability assessments and programming.
Transforming from threat-based planning to capabilities-based planning has highlighted the need for the Air Force to be able to quantify quickly the manpower and materiel necessary to support a desired capability. From a logistical point of view, the transition accentuates the utility of having a rapid, analytical method for determining the total support required to deploy specified forces to bases across the full range of support infrastructures, including austere bases.
To help the U.S. Air Force identify potential interoperability problems that might arise in NATO alliance operations or U.S.–allied coalition operations with NATO allies over the next decade, and to suggest nonmateriel and technology-based solution directions to mitigate any identified potential shortfalls, this report provides background information used in a larger Project AIR FORCE study entitled Interoperability
This research is based on a series of interviews with commercial sector purchasing professionals who are respected by their peers for their successful creation and implementation of what are widely accepted as best purchasing and supply management practices, particularly in the area of service acquisitions. The authors also
A growing body of research documents how innovative commercial firms are better managing their suppliers, supply base, and supply chains, and applying a number of best purchasing and supply management (PSM) practices, as recognized by research literature and practiced by innovative enterprises. These firms report that they have improved performance, reduced total costs, and limited risks through these practices. This documented briefing summarizes research on how the Air Force might use an analysis of its spending to develop better PSM practices and to...
Aircraft force structure bed-downs resulting from the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) recommendations were used in the analyses, and all CONUS active duty bases and Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command installations were included, considering support to three tasking scenarios
In late December 1995, I got a call to come in and talk to one of
my bosses at the Eglin Air Force Base. At the time, I was program
manager for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) missile. As soon
as I got there, I was informed that I was being switched off JDAM to
run the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program, and I
wasn’t happy about it at all...“I knew that at JASSM, I would have to
start over and would probably have to cope with a more difficult environment.
The original program manager of JASSM... was given two
major mandates. The first was not...
This manual implements Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 32-10, Installations and Facilities, by
providing guidance for base and command liquid fuels maintenance (LFM) personnel with guide
procedures for field maintenance of permanently installed Air Force-owned, -leased, or -controlled
petroleum storage and dispensing systems. It also supplements detailed manufacturers’ instructions on
specific equipment and applies to all Air Force systems and activities for which the civil engineer (CE)
has maintenance responsibility....
This study should be of interest to both civilian and military consumers of analysis and the analysts and modelers who seek to inform development of military forces and doctrine. The work reported here was conducted in RAND’s National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) and Project AIR FORCE. These organizations are federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Unified Commands, and Defense Agencies; and for the United States Air Force, respectively....
This work evaluates a set of global forward support location (FSL) options for storing war reserve materiel (WRM). These option packages or “portfolios” have differing numbers and types of FSLs, e.g., land-based or afloat, and have differing allocations of WRM at the alternative sites. Evaluations of these packages address the effectiveness and efficiency of the options in meeting a wide variety of potential scenarios. In this monograph, we present capability-based analytic tools to evaluate the tradeoffs between various FSL options. A central element of our anal...
They were an extraordinary group of talents: Wigner won a Nobel Prize in theoretical physics; Szilard was the first to see that a chain reaction based on neutrons was possible, initiated the Manhattan Project, but left physics to try to restrict nuclear arms; von Neumann could solve difficult problems in his head and developed the modern computer for more complex problems; von Kármán became the first director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, providing the scientific basis for the U.S.
In recent years, the affordability of weapon systems has become increasingly important to policymakers in the Department of Defense and U.S. Congress. Aerospace industry analysts and some government officials have asserted that government cost estimates are based on outdated methods that do not account for the latest technological innovations. The authors of this report present the results of a RAND research study to update the methods for estimating military jet engine costs and development time.
This monograph describes a model for evaluating the combined capacity of organic (U.S. Air Force–owned and –operated) and contractor maintenance assets to meet aircraft programmed depot maintenance (PDM) workloads. The PDM Capacity Assessment Tool (PDMCAT) forecasts the average number of aircraft that will be in PDM status each year over several decades,1 based on the initial number of aircraft in PDM status, the physical capacity of the facility or facilities (number of docks available for conducting PDM work),...
Part of a larger RAND Project Air Force study on capability-based programming, this report introduces a revealed preference methodology to estimate the value to the United States Air Force of expediting F-15 fighter jet programmed depot maintenance (PDM). Such a valuation estimate would be useful in depot-level
This report describes an analysis of best commercial practices for purchasing facilities and food services that are analogous to services the Air Force purchases to support its installations. We examine whether and how commercial firms apply performance-based practices in these service contracts and draw out relevant and potentially actionable “lessons learned” for the Air Force.
Where the two terms differ is in the imposition by organisations of courteous or forced
ritual behaviour on employees – a modern phenomenon. Insincerity is concealed, leading to the
whimsical even offensive notion that we are all air hostesses now. There are moral implications
here too. Sprezzatura could be aligned to the moral theories of hedonism and egoism – where the
focus is on the individual who decides to pursue a working life of fulfilment based on self
interest, by the appearance of relaxed competence that may or may not be borne out by actual
effectiveness at work....
Beside the effect of gravitational forces, the water level in Sai Gon-Dong Nai River System is also affected by non gravitational forces such a wind, air pressure, rainfall and sea level rise. The purpose of this paper is to simulate the water level of these river based on the tidal and non-tidal constituents, from that assess the role of non-tidal constituents to water variation. In this study, the none-tidal data used includes the wind field at surface, sea level pressure and the rainfall in Sai Gon- Dong Nai Basin. With the analyzed data series from 1980 to 2007, the results...