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The ability of U.S. forces to provide swift and tailored responses to a multitude of threats across the globe is a crucial component of security in today’s complex political environment. To realize its goals of global strike and persistent dominance, it is vital that the Air Force support the warfighter seamlessly and efficiently in all phases of deployment, employment, and redeployment. One of the major pillars for achieving these objectives is a global combat support basing architecture. This report presents an analytic framework and model for evaluating options for overseas combat support basing. The authors develop several sets of deployment scenarios to measure the effect of timing, location, and intensity of operational requirements on combat support and to account for the inherent uncertainties in future planning. They apply political, geographical, and vulnerability constraints to the model and present a feasible set of candidate locations for consideration by the Air Force.

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