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Changes in the operational environment may warrant changes in the Air Force's logistics infrastructure and concepts of operation, which are still largely based on assumptions developed during the Cold War. Recognizing the importance of the logistics enterprise, the Air Force has initiated interrelated activities to transform current logistics processes to improve support to operational units. As part of this effort, RAND was asked to undertake a comprehensive strategic reassessment of the entire Air Force logistics enterprise, examining the logistics workload, how that workload should be accomplished, and how these issues should be revisited over time. The analyses presented in this monograph show how F-16 and KC-135 aircraft maintenance units can be reconfigured to support mission generation operations, with “heavy maintenance,” such as phase inspections for fighter aircraft, being provided by an enterprise network of centralized repair facilities. This approach utilizes optimization models to identify options that either exceed current maintenance capabilities at current cost levels or meet required capability levels at reduced cost.

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