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Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces

A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements

Published Aug 13, 2004

by Don Snyder, Patrick Mills


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The Air Force’s transition from a threat-based planning posture to a capabilities-based planning posture suggests the need for a means to calculate swiftly the manpower and equipment required to generate those capabilities. This book outlines just such a methodology for determining manpower and equipment deployment requirements. The methodology employs a prototype research tool called the Strategic Tool for the Analysis of Required Transportation (START). The START program generates lists of capability units, called Unit Type Codes, which are required to support a user-specified operation. The program also estimates materiel movement requirements to achieve initial operating capability at deployed locations. The appendix to this book serves as a user’s guide to the START program. A fully implemented tool based on this prototype should prove to be useful for both deliberate planning crisis-action planning.

The research reported here was sponsored by the United States Air Force and conducted by RAND Project AIR FORCE.

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