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Members of Air Force specialties that normally work inside the defended perimeter of a base or deployed location may sometimes have to cross that perimeter. What might seem fairly benign in some locations, such as Germany, would be hazardous in others, such as Iraq. And some initially deployed to a “safe” location may be redeployed to a more hazardous one. While those who routinely go “outside the wire” receive appropriate training, the others historically have not. The Air Force is thus seeking to establish common battlefield airman training (CBAT) and asked RAND Project Air Force to examine the content and resources both for this course and a companion course for non-ground combat personnel. RAND conducted surveys and interviews to determine the kinds of experiences airmen have had “outside the wire” and worked with subject-matter experts to categorize them and suggest appropriate types and amounts of training for them. This report presents the results of these activities.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Evaluation of Common Battlefield Airman Training

  • Chapter Three

    Resource Requirements for the CBAT Course

  • Chapter Four

    Developing a CBAT Companion Course

  • Chapter Five

    Next Steps

  • Appendix A

    CBAT Course Description

  • Appendix B

    Development of CBAT Model Courses

  • Appendix C

    RAND Schoolhouse Model Data Inputs and Outputs

  • Appendix D

    CBAT Companion–Related Excerpts from the Air Force Lessons Learned Database

  • Appendix E

    CBAT Companion Survey Items

  • Appendix F

    CBAT Companion List of Incidents and SME Categorizations

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