Air Mobility: The Key to the United States National Security by Richard J. Hazdra - Major, USAF

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Consequently, the decision is twofold. The first question: What forces must move rapidly for immediate use versus what military forces can follow on later? The second question refers to those military forces that must move rapidly: What equipment must USTRANSCOM preposition versus what they must airlift? Concerning the first question, a decision that requires fewer rapid-reaction forces and more follow-on forces increases the cost to the USN and reduces the cost to the USAF. Concerning the second question, a decision that requires more prepo35 FAIRCHILD PAPER sitioned Army equipment and fewer airlifters raises the cost to the Army and lowers the cost to the Air Force.

4 MTM/D of airlift capability required. In addition, that study suggested that to achieve a higher level of airlift capability, the Air Force would have to acquire more C-17s. Based on the MRS BURU, the Army examined what additional equipment to preposition. 51 Sea Lift The MRS BURU concurred with a 1992 mobility requirements study that recommended two acquisitions to modernize sea-lift capabilities. The first acquisition was for 19 large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) ships, some of which USTRANSCOM could use to preposition equipment.

9 AMC also experienced a reduction of tankers in service. 10 In 1992 all tankers were subsequently transferred to AMC, and by 1999 the PAA for tankers was down to 474 tankers, of which 50 percent transferred to the AFRes. Aircraft MC rates are a primary factor in calculating MTM/D. 11 A closer examination of each fleet brings this concept into focus. 7 46 HAZDRA MTM/D. 2 MTM/D at the required 75 percent MC rate. 16 Thus, MC rates of a fleet of airframes directly affects MTM/D capability. 7 MTM/D, resulted from the C-5’s poor MC rate.

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