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Title A cost analysis of the U.S. Air Force overseas posture : informing strategic choices / Patrick Mills [and others]
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 40 pages) : color illustrations
Series Research report ; RR-150-AF
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-150-AF
Contents Components of overseas presence -- An overview of Air Force spending -- Cost categories for overseas basing -- Modeling installation support costs -- Regression analysis of installation support costs -- Other cost categories -- Summary of results -- Cost-sharing arrangements -- Applying cost factors to policy options -- Putting costs in context -- Implications
Summary This report seeks to inform the debate over the extent of U.S. military presence overseas by providing a rigorous estimate of the costs associated with maintaining U.S. Air Force installations and units overseas rather than in the United States. The authors describe the various types of expenditures required to maintain bases and military units overseas and estimate current costs using official data and econometric modeling. They provide a cost model of overseas presence for policymakers to weigh alternative posture options. Their main findings are that while it does cost more to maintain force structures and installations overseas rather than in the United States, the total cost of doing so for the Air Force's current overseas posture is small relative to the Air Force's overall budget
Notes "RAND Project Air Force."
"The study was conducted within the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND Project Air Force"--Preface
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-40)
Notes Print version
Subject United States. Air Force -- Appropriations and expenditures.
United States. Department of Defense -- Appropriations and expenditures.
Air bases, American -- Foreign countries -- Costs.
Military base closures -- Economic aspects.
Military bases, American -- Foreign countries -- Costs.
Military planning -- United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Grissom, Adam.
Kavanagh, Jennifer, 1981-
Mahnad, Leila.
Mills, Patrick H
Worman, Stephen M
United States. Air Force.
Project Air Force (U.S.). Strategy and Doctrine Program
Rand Corporation.
LC no. 2013387612
ISBN 0833083333 (electronic bk.)
9780833083333 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Cost analysis of the United States Air Force overseas posture