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Author Mouton, Christopher A., author.

Title Reducing long-term costs while preserving a robust strategic airlift fleet : options for the current fleet and next-generation aircraft / Christopher A. Mouton, David T. Orletsky, Michael Kennedy, Fred Timson
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xxx, 127 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series RAND Corporation monograph series
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Contents Introduction -- Intertheater airlift fleet and retirement schedule -- Aircraft alternatives -- Effectiveness methodology and results -- Cost analysis methodology and results -- Cost-effectiveness analysis -- Conclusions
Summary The current strategic airlift fleet will be reaching the end of its service life in the next few decades, which has raised concerns about the cost and possible budget spike that would result from the need to recapitalize that fleet. This monograph presents the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis to determine the best way to recapitalize the USAF intertheater (strategic) airlift fleet. The authors examined a broad range of aircraft alternatives, including existing and emerging technologies, and permutations of USAF plans for the current fleet with a view to meeting projected requirements while minimizing life-cycle costs and smoothing out spending peaks. The expected demand for airlift was modeled against the capabilities of each alternative aircraft to form a set of alternative fleet compositions to meet that demand. The authors then estimated the cost for each of the options to determine those that were the most cost-effective. The most cost-effective option involved a highly advanced conceptual design, which represents significant risk. The next most cost-effective options hedge this risk by starting with commercial derivatives as aircraft retire, followed later by a highly advanced aircraft
Notes "Prepared for the United States Air Force."
"Project Air Force."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-127)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed February 1, 2013)
Subject United States. Air Mobility Command -- Planning
United States. Air Force -- Appropriations and expenditures
United States. Air Force.
United States. Air Mobility Command.
Airlift, Military -- United States -- Planning
Galaxy (Jet transport) -- Costs
C-17 (Jet transport) -- Costs
HISTORY -- Military -- Aviation.
Airlift, Military -- Planning.
Armed Forces -- Appropriations and expenditures.
C-17 (Jet transport) -- Costs.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Project Air Force (U.S.)
Rand Corporation.
ISBN 9780833081162