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Late in 2006, the Air Force enlisted RAND Project AIR FORCE's assistance to respond to a requirement in the 2007 Defense Appropriations Act to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of an Air Force proposal to consolidate and divest itself of a portion of the Air Force Materiel Command's test and evaluation facilities and capabilities. The resulting analysis indicated that the proposed consolidation of the 46th and 412th Test Wings could save costs over the Future Years Defense Program from 2007 through 2011 if it occurred in conjunction with the transfer of open-air range flight testing from Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) to Edwards AFB and the Naval Air Warfare Centers at Point Mugu and China Lake. Other parts of the Air Force proposal were considered not to be cost-effective, including the closure of Eglin ground-range test facilities and other test facilities at Eglin AFB, at Holloman AFB, and at Moffett Field. The monograph highlights areas of risk that the Air Force should consider prior to implementation.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Test Wing Consolidation

  • Chapter Three

    Ranges

  • Chapter Four

    Facilities

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Flight-Test Consolidation Scheduling Exercise

  • Appendix B

    Cost Data: Test Wing Consolidation

  • Appendix C

    Cost Data: Ranges

  • Appendix D

    Cost Data Tables

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