Military Airlift

  • U.S. Army paratroopers jump from a C-17 Globemaster III over the Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, June 12, 2013


    Reimagining and Modernizing U.S. Airborne Forces for the 21st Century

    Many of the challenges the U.S. will face in the coming years across the range of military operations could be deep inland and require rapid response. Airborne forcible entry — with reimagined and modernized airborne forces — would offer decisionmakers options in crises that they do not possess today.

    Apr 20, 2016

  • A Belgian Air Force F-16 over Ghardabiya Air Base, Libya, April 29, 2011


    Airpower in the Libyan Civil War

    In 2011, a coalition of nations waged a war against Muammar Qaddafi's regime that reversed the tide of Libya's civil war. The intervention's central element was a relatively small air campaign. What lessons did each nation glean from the experience?

    Jul 8, 2015

  • C-17 Globemaster IIIs sit on the flight line at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in preparation for six-ship formation testing


    Tankering Fuel on U.S. Air Force Transport Aircraft

    Tankering fuel involves carrying excess fuel when flying from origins where fuel is less expensive than at the destination. Would this practice generate cost savings if used on U.S. Air Force transport aircraft?

    Jun 23, 2015

  • Paratroopers perform an airborne training exercise


    Enhancing Army Airborne Forces

    U.S. Army airborne forces could play a pivotal role in key missions in the future, particularly against hybrid threats and in anti-access environments. However, they face serious threats that could become more severe. To overcome these new threats, the airborne force will need new capabilities.

    Jan 23, 2015

  • Lockheed C-5A Galaxy


    Capacity Management and Changing Requirements: Cost Effective Decision Making in an Uncertain World

    Explores other options for dealing with excess Air Force fleet capacity and their relative cost effectiveness.

    Oct 30, 2013

  • A C-130 lands at the Malamute Drop Zone


    Maximizing Throughput at Soft Airfields

    Because soft airfields can support only a limited number of takeoffs and landings, it is important to understand how to maximize the cargo throughput at these soft fields. This report shows that there is an optimum landing weight that allows for maximum cargo delivery. This optimum landing weight is constant and independent of both aircraft ramp weight and the ability of the soil to resist compressive loads.

    Apr 23, 2013

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    Reducing Long-Term Costs While Preserving a Robust Strategic Airlift Fleet: Options for the Current Fleet and Next-Generation Aircraft

    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.

    Jan 31, 2013

  • Report

    Intratheater Airlift Functional Solution Analysis (FSA)

    This functional solution analysis assesses changes to current U.S. Air Force operations to determine whether a nonmateriel solution could close the capability gap identified in the functional needs analysis.

    Feb 24, 2011

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    Intratheater Airlift Functional Area Analysis (FAA)

    This functional area analysis lays out the tasks, conditions, and standards for the intratheater airlift fleet, taken from high-level guidance, various operational concepts, and recent operational experience and the key variables for later analyses.

    Feb 24, 2011

  • Report

    Intratheater Airlift Functional Needs Analysis (FNA)

    This functional needs analysis assesses the ability of current U.S. Air Force assets to deliver the airlift capabilities identified in the functional area analysis.

    Feb 24, 2011

  • Dissertation

    Carry That Weight: Improving European Strategic Airlift Capabilities

    Addresses the shortfall between the strategic airlift capabilities that the European Union needs to fulfill its ambition to be a credible security actor and the capabilities available to the major European nations.

    Jun 4, 2007

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    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

  • Report

    Understanding Airfield Capacity for Airlift Operations

    This report describes follow-on work to investigate how differing levels and distributions of airfield resources, over a set of airfields, can affect airlift throughput.

    Jan 1, 1998

  • Research Brief

    Strategic Airlift Operations for the Gulf War: An Assessment of Operational Efficiency

    This research brief summarizes analysis contained in the RAND Corporation report, "Project AIR FORCE Analysis of the Air War in the Gulf: An Assessment of Strategic Airlift Operational Efficiency" (R-4269/2-AF).

    Jan 1, 1993

  • Report

    The peacetime use of military airlift

    An attempt to determine the appropriate way to use military airlift in peacetime. Alternative peacetime concepts for the operation of the system are considered, together with economical modes of peacetime operation with the necessary wartime capabili...

    Jan 1, 1958

  • Report

    The Value of Airlift in Defensive, Local, or Peripheral Wars After 1960.

    A discussion of the value of airlift to the U.S. Air Force in a situation sometime after 1960 involving something less than all-out general war. Military requirements for intercontinental air transportation are discussed, along with U.S. capacity t...

    Jan 1, 1956

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    Brent Thomas

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education M.S. and Ph.D. in water resources, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in environmental engineering, University of Texas; B.S. in chemical engineering, classical languages, and mathematics, Vanderbilt University