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  • The Effects of Equipment Age on Spare Part Costs 2005

    Carol E. Fan, Eric Peltz, Lisa Pelled Colabella

    Increasing average ages of Army weapon systems have been assumed to lead to higher maintenance costs. However, the effects of age on costs have proved difficult to specify. This study examines the relationship between equipment age and spare part costs for M1 Abrams tanks through the use of part requisition data.

  • High-Altitude Airships for the Future Force Army 2005

    Lewis Jamison, Geoffrey Sommer, Isaac R. Porche III

    Across the services, there is an increasing demand for overhead communications capacity. New, lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicles that operate at very high altitudes have an obvious attraction; the ability to see to a more distant horizon results in greatly expanded surveillance volumes. This report informs the U.S. Army about the usefulness and limitations of high-altitude airships (HAA) in the role of platforms for communications and surveillance suites in theater battlespace.

  • Making Better Use of Bandwidth 2005

    John F. Pane, Leland Joe

    Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have demonstrated the Army’s increasing reliance on communications. Tactical forces need to communicate voice and other data, including text messages, database transfers, real-time video, and imagery. These applications are bandwidth intensive, and the data demands of future forces are expected to increase even further. This document focuses on how the Army might use bandwidth better, specifically how compression technologies and network management techniques might help to improve effective information throughput.

  • Medical Risk in the Future Force Unit of Action 2005

    David E. Johnson, Gary Cecchine

    This report documents the Army Medical Department’s (AMEDD’s) process of identifying and addressing medical issues related to the Army’s transformation to the Future Force. It describes the AMEDD Transformation Workshop (ATW) IV, conducted at the RAND Corporation Washington office in February 2004, and it includes an analysis and discussion of the workshop results.

  • The Weapons Mix Problem 2005

    Christopher G. Pernin, Louis R. Moore

    For the Army’s future force, what is the appropriate mix of weapons to provide a given outcome, and how might these weapons be employed? This research offers some initial observations into the internetting of fires process, “the ability to engage a particular target using any number of potential firers who are able to engage due to being on the network which provides targeting information,” along with a foundation for understanding its relationship to combat outcome.

Research Briefs