This analysis recommends ways the Air Force Materiel Command and its centers, specifically the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) and the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC), can adapt and improve support to the warfighter.
Jun 7, 2018
Increasing Cost-Effective Readiness for the U.S. Air Force by Reducing Supply Chain Variance: Technical Analysis of Flying Hour Program Variance
Seeking to reduce the $4 billion that it spends annually on spare parts, the Air Force asked RAND researchers to identify the causes and gauge the effects of flying hour variance (the difference between predicted and actual numbers of flying hours).
Apr 10, 2018
Estimating Air Force Deployment Requirements for Lean Force Packages: A Methodology and Decision Support Tool Prototype
This report describes a methodology and prototype tool -- the Lean Strategic Tool for the Analysis of Required Transportation (Lean-START) -- that can explore trade-offs among capability (or risk), speed, and cost to create force packages for deployment.
Nov 15, 2017
This report presents a framework that mission owners and civil engineers at Air Force installations can use to assess their level of energy assurance.
Nov 6, 2017
Support to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center: Enabling AFIMSC's Role in Agile Combat Support Planning, Execution, Monitoring, and Control
This report provides a strategic view of the analytical capabilities that are needed by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center to allocate resources to and assess the performance of installation and mission support activities.
Jun 23, 2017
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
Managing U.S. Air Force Aircraft Operating and Support Costs: Insights from Recent RAND Analysis and Opportunities for the Future
To help the Air Force manage rising operating and support (O&S) costs for aircraft, this report describes key findings from previous RAND analyses, discusses current Air Force efforts to address O&S costs, and recommends additional actions.
May 6, 2016
Uses an enterprise-oriented approach to assess the capacity of the current agile combat support (ACS) manpower mix to support expeditionary operations and assesses the costs and capacity of several rebalanced mixes.
Jun 26, 2014
Estimates the costs associated with U.S. and overseas Air Force installations and units to provide insight into the costs and benefits of overseas basing.
Sep 16, 2013
Assesses the advisability of changing the overseas basing presence of U.S. forces based on strategic benefits, risks, and costs. Characterizes how this presence contributes to assurance, deterrence, responsiveness, and security cooperation goals.
Apr 29, 2013
In an environment of fiscal constraints and shifting strategic needs, policymakers should carefully weigh the strategic capability effects, relative costs, and risks associated with potential changes to U.S. overseas military posture.
Apr 29, 2013
This report characterizes the current policy debate on security cooperation and force posture in Europe, develops a framework to describe the environment for the U.S. Air Force there, and defines alternatives for building partnerships.
Nov 8, 2012
A method for capabilities-based programming is developed to assist the programming of a wide range of resources in light of an uncertain future, expressing capabilities and risks of resource allocations in terms of national planning objectives.
Apr 1, 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
Outlines criteria for analyzing how sustainment investments affect the operational performance of space systems, focusing on the Global Positioning System.
Apr 14, 2007
This research brief describes an analytic framework for predicting how well a space system will perform its operational mission, given various levels of allocated maintenance resources.
Apr 10, 2007
Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: Expanded Operational Architecture for Combat Support Execution Planning and Control
Develops operational architecture to guide the development of combat support command and control (CSC2).
Aug 31, 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
Measuring Capabilities of Air and Space Expeditionary Forces to Meet Policy Goals and Control Deployments
This research brief summarizes a RAND Project AIR FORCE recommended method for quantifying Air and Space Expeditionary Force capabilities in terms of support and sustainment requirements of potential deployments.
Feb 24, 2006
Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: Capabilities and Sustainability of Air and Space Expeditionary Forces
Presents a method for assessing Air and Space Expeditionary Force manpower and materiel deployment capabilities and a detailed description of software tools developed by RAND for quantifying deployment capabilities.
Feb 17, 2006
This research brief summarizes improvements and shortfalls of the Air Force's combat support command and control (CSC2) architecture and recommends further improvements that will be integral to its continued success.
Jan 19, 2006
Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements
Describes a prototype research tool for determining manpower and equipment deployment requirements.
Aug 13, 2004
Supporting Expeditionary Aerospace Forces: An Operational Architecture for Combat Support Execution Planning and Control
Defines and analyzes the current command and control architecture for combat support, identifies changes needed in the architecture to meet Aerospace Expeditionary Force goals and correct deficiencies, and sets forth detailed concepts for a future architecture.
The report concludes that qualitative and quantitative improvements to RAMPOD could dramatically enhance its effectiveness as both a strategic and an operational tool.