Presently, the Air Force has a substantial amount of munitions prepositoned in Southwest Asia and a fairly large amount aboard three ships in the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. These enable the Air Force to respond quickly to contingencies in Southwest Asia, but less able to support expeditionary operations elsewhere, particularly in Africa or South America. By positioning more munitions on ships, and by adopting a forward-leaning posture for munitions ships, under which the ships begin heading toward contingency areas before actual commitment of forces, the Air Force can provide more munitions support for more operations in more locations. If the Air Force places more munitions afloat, it may want to consider a variety of ships for delivering different mixes of munitions more rapidly.
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