A key challenge for the Air Force is strategic planning to support the Expeditionary Aerospace Force (EAF). The EAF concept requires a rethinking of the entire combat support system, and subsequently the strategic planning framework for combat support should also be reexamined and enhanced. To a large degree, future global combat capability will be dependent upon strategic choices concerning combat support system design that will be made in the near future. The future combat support system should be designed to maintain readiness levels to support immediate deployments, provide responsive support to deal with unanticipated events, provide support for the full spectrum of potential operations, transition support effectively as the units move along the spectrum of operations, and be efficient and affordable.
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