Supporting Expeditionary Aerospace Forces

An Integrated Strategic Agile Combat Support Planning Framework

by Robert S. Tripp, Lionel A. Galway, Paul Killingsworth, Eric Peltz, Timothy Ramey, John G. Drew


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A key challenge facing the future Air Force is how to nearly continuously deploy relatively small-scale forces for peacekeeping and humanitarian relief missions while maintaining the capability to win major theater wars. In response to this challenge, the Air Force has developed the concept of an Expeditionary Aerospace Force (EAF) to deal with the range of expected missions. The report argues that this new concept requires a complete reexamination of the combat support system, especially the planning framework for combat support. This framework must integrate logistics, mobility, and operational planning across echelons, commands, and phases of warfare. The report discusses how integrated Agile Combat Support planning aimed at mid-term or strategic decisions can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of EAF operations. The authors provide an example of use of the ACS planning framework to evaluate support alternatives for a strike AEF deployment to Southwest Asia, addressing aviation support, reparable avionics components, and munitions.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    The Expeditionary Aerospace Force and the Need for Enhanced Combat Support System Planning

  • Chapter Two

    An Enhanced Strategic ACS Planning Framework for the Expeditionary Aerospace Force

  • Chapter Three

    Applying the Enhanced ACS Strategic Planning Framework: Infrastructure for Global Adaptiveness

  • Chapter Four

    Process Development to Support Continuous Expeditionary ACS System Planning: An Organizational Approach

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Support Requirements Determination Model: Munitions

  • Appendix B

    Support Options Analysis: Munitions

  • Appendix C

    Support Requirements Determination Model: Minimum Maintenance Personnel and Support Equipment

  • Appendix D

    Support Requirements Determination Model: Avionics Maintenance

  • Appendix E

    AEF Deployment and Planning Tool (ADAPT)

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