Expeditionary Airpower

EAF Support Challenges : LANTIRN Intermediate Maintenance Concepts

Published in: Air Force Journal of Logistics, v. XXIV, no. 1, Spring 2000, p. 4-7, 40-41

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1999

by Amatzia Feinberg, H. L. Shulman, L. W. Miller, Robert S. Tripp

Read More

Access further information on this document at www.aflma.hq.af.mil

This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.

Nearly all the issues that have led the Air Force to adopt the Expeditionary Aerospace Force concept are present in intermediate maintenance operations for Low Altitude Navigation Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pods. LANTIRN support easily lends itself to new support structures such as consolidation that may improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the combat support system. Time is the critical variable to consider in designing LANTIRN support structures. In a decentralized support structure, the challenge is deploying and setting up equipment within four days from the beginning of combat operations, lest pod availability for engaged aircraft decrease. In a centralized support structure, one-way transportation time cannot exceed four days. Other support tradeoffs involve strategic and operational risks, deployment footprint, and organizational issues.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation external publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.