Articulating the Effects of Infrastructure Resourcing on Air Force Missions: Competing Approaches to Inform the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System
Describes and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of several analytic approaches for linking infrastructure resources to readiness and for articulating the effect of infrastructure underfunding in the Air Force Program Objective Memorandum process.
Apr 17, 2017
RAND researchers assess the Air Force's response to Secretary of Defense direction to reduce headquarters spending, compare the Air Force's approach with practices from literature and industry, and identify opportunities for further reductions.
Aug 8, 2016
A Conceptual Framework for More Effectively Integrating Combat Support Capabilities and Constraints into Contingency Planning and Execution
This publication describes a conceptual framework for better integrating combat support capabilities and constraints into contingency planning and execution.
Sep 2, 2015
Documents the modeling framework Project AIR FORCE developed to evaluate combat support requirements, basing posture vulnerabilities, operational resilience, and potential mitigation strategies to support combat operations in a denied environment.
Jul 7, 2015
Ensuring U.S. Air Force Operations During Cyber Attacks Against Combat Support Systems: Guidance for Where to Focus Mitigation Efforts
RAND researchers developed a process for prioritizing functions and information systems in assessing mission assurance under cyber attack, a challenge due to the number of systems, range of vulnerabilities, and variety of combat support functions.
May 29, 2015
Implementation Actions for Improving Air Force Command and Control Through Enhanced Agile Combat Support Planning, Execution, Monitoring, and Control Processes
Uses a companion architecture to identify and describe where shortfalls exist between current agile combat support (ACS) processes and the vision for integrating enhanced ACS processes into Air Force command and control.
Jun 30, 2014
An Operational Architecture for Improving Air Force Command and Control Through Enhanced Agile Combat Support Planning, Execution, Monitoring, and Control Processes
Presents an architecture that depicts how enhanced ACS processes could be integrated into Air Force command and control to support resource allocation decisions.
Jun 30, 2014
Assesses the FY 2012 reorganization of the Air Force Material Command, which was undertaken as one of the initiatives to achieve mandated budget reductions by eliminating civilian manpower positions, thus achieving cost savings.
Nov 21, 2013
Improving Air Force Command and Control Through Enhanced Agile Combat Support Planning, Execution, Monitoring, and Control Processes
Describes agile combat support (ACS) process gaps and recommends ways to improve Air Force command and control through enhanced ACS planning, execution, monitoring, and control processes.
Dec 19, 2012
A congressionally mandated review of the proposed restructuring of Air Force Materiel Command examined the proposal and its effect on life-cycle management, weapon system sustainment, and overall support to the warfighter.
Jul 6, 2012
Analysis of the Air Force Logistics Enterprise: Evaluation of Global Repair Network Options for Supporting the F-16 and KC-135
Develops an approach for rebalancing aircraft maintenance capabilities between mission generation units and a network of centralized repair facilities, illustrated by an application to the F-16 and KC-135 weapon systems.
Oct 30, 2009
Combat Support Execution Planning and Control: An Assessment of Initial Implementations in Air Force Exercises
Two command post exercises in 2004 offered an operational environment in which to observe Air Force combat support execution planning and control activities.
Feb 24, 2009
Describes a common operating picture for the Air Force materiel sustainment system that, if implemented, would make the system more efficient and more responsive to changing operational needs.
Jul 24, 2008
Evaluates maintenance options for U.S. Air Force associate units, where the goal of the associate units is to produce trained pilots in the most efficient manner possible.
Jun 5, 2008
Supporting the Future Total Force: A Methodology for Evaluating Potential Air National Guard Mission Assignments
Examines Air Force missions that could be transferred, in whole or in part, to the Air National Guard.
Aug 19, 2007
Space assets are vital to the economic, social, and military interests of the United States. Sustainment complexities suggest a need to define a AFSPC commandwide sustainment philosophy separating demand, supply, and integrator processes.
Jun 17, 2007
Evaluates options for Air National Guard combat support and reachback missions in four Air Force mission areas to support the Air and Space Expeditionary Force and Future Total Force capabilities.
Aug 18, 2006
Transforming Combat Support in the Air National Guard Would Support Air Force Deployment and Sustainment Goals
This research brief summarizes an evaluation of four options for transforming Air National Guard combat support mission areas to enhance support to the Air and Space Expeditionary Force.
Aug 16, 2006
This research brief describes how improvements in processes, organization, doctrine, training, and systems can help improve the effective and efficient movement of equipment and personnel in contingency operations.
Jun 28, 2006
A Framework for Enhancing Airlift Planning and Execution Capabilities Within the Joint Expeditionary Movement System
How can the Air Force improve the planning and execution activities associated with developing intratheater airlift operations within the military joint end-to-end multimodal movement system?
May 1, 2006
This research brief describes work documented in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle End-to-End Support Considerations (MG-350-AF).
Dec 19, 2005
Nov 25, 2005
Improving Wing-Level Logistics in the U.S. Air Force: An Analytic Approach for the Chief's Logistics Review
Nov 25, 2005
Evaluating current end-to-end support postures for certain UAV systems revealed that fielding a new capability quickly can have consequences for its long-term support and for testing and evaluation, training, and plans for future enhancements.
Oct 5, 2005
Describes a review conducted as a joint effort by the U.S. Air Force and the RAND Corporation (acting as analytic advisor) to develop improvement options for mitigating wing-level logistics problems that began in the 1990s.
Feb 28, 2005
Presents an analysis of Air Force combat support experiences associated with the year of planning and the first month of combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and compares these experiences with those associated with Operation Allied Force and the first 100 days of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Feb 15, 2005
Presents an analysis of Air Force combat support experiences associated with Operation Enduring Freedom and compares these experiences with those associated with Operation Allied Force (OAF) to determine similarities and applicability of lessons across ex