The authors explore U.S. Air Force squadron restationing and range upgrade options that can maximize access to advanced live training ranges while evaluating cost and risk measures associated with these options.
Feb 5, 2021
Analysis of Global Management of Air Force War Reserve Materiel to Support Operations in Contested and Degraded Environments
In this report, RAND researchers evaluate management approaches and global prepositioning strategies for war reserve materiel, which may help mitigate some of the U.S. military's vulnerabilities when operating in a contested environment.
Jan 14, 2021
This tool presents the technical details of an optimization model for the U.S. Air Force to analyze the potential effectiveness of different combinations of range upgrades and squadron restationing to improve access to advanced ranges.
Sep 24, 2020
The authors identify insights relevant to Air Force technical training from how colleges and universities size their instructor corps, best practices associated with supply chain management, and approaches for developing a flexible instructor pool.
Jun 29, 2020
Realigning the Stars: A Methodology for Reviewing Active Component General and Flag Officer Requirements
The authors developed and employed a methodology to review general and flag officer requirements in the U.S. military, used results to identify opportunities to eliminate or downgrade positions, and explored the implications of reductions.
Oct 22, 2018
This report identifies opportunities for optimizing processes and policies in the U.S. Air Force nonrated technical training pipeline and recommends process and policy changes that could improve efficiency at all levels.
Dec 18, 2017
Airmen are underrepresented in senior joint positions critical to shaping U.S. national security strategy and warfighting capability. Increasing competitiveness for senior joint positions may entail risks and will require cultural transformation.
Oct 3, 2017
Rare Birds: Understanding and Addressing Air Force Underrepresentation in Senior Joint Positions in the Post–Goldwater-Nichols Era
To help the Air Force increase representation in the most-senior joint positions, this report quantifies Air Force representation in those positions and recommends how the Air Force might control factors shaping joint leader selection.
Oct 3, 2017
The Cost of Producing New Airmen Can Be Reduced with a Better Mixture of On-the-Job Training and Schoolhouse Courses
This research brief examines the balance between schoolhouse courses and on-the-job training in the Air Force and suggests that a better mixture could be more cost-effective at producing new airmen.
Apr 8, 2007
Develops a methodology to determine the most cost-effective combination of initial skills training and on-the-job training for enlisted airmen.
Mar 26, 2007
This research brief suggests measures to improve the flow and usage of cost and capacity data in the Air Force's technical training programs.
Dec 4, 2006
This report serves as a user's guide for the RAND schoolhouse model, which was developed to inform policy decisions regarding technical training pipeline issues within the Air Education and Training Command (AETC).
Nov 29, 2006
Air Education and Training Command Cost and Capacity System: Implications for Organizational and Data Flow Changes
Improving the Air Force's training management and decision processes.
A new approach to model-based analysis--exploratory analysis--expands on traditional analytic approaches to enhance understanding of complex problems, provides a wider range of information for decisionmakers, and improves comparisons.
The authors urge DoD and the Services to balance their investment in models with a concerted effort to make the analytic process more transparent, effective, and open to review and with investments in data development and accessibility.
The U.S. military's increasing use of computer modeling has clear benefits, among them the ability to better inform decisionmakers and reduced exercise costs.
This paper is a first step in rethinking the ways in which organizations carry out mathematical modeling and policy analysis. Presenting a paradigm for analyzing policy research environments, the authors graphically depict ways modeling efforts inter...
The Model Integration and Management System (MIMS) is a structured modeling framework designed to simplify the installation or creation of models within a common environment as part of RAND's Military Operations Simulation Facility (MOSF).
Provides an overview of the features of the MOSF for users of the facility and for those who are interested in the Military Operations Simulation Facility (MOSF)'s general capabilities.