Influence of Resource and Policy Changes on Aircraft Capabilities

by Chauncey F. Bell

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An illustration of the extreme sensitivity of manned-aircraft weapon-system capabilities to operational and support policies and to resource allocations at base level. This report examines the effects on operational capability of changes in the flying program, ground-alert requirements, workshift and scheduled maintenance policies, number of aircraft in the organization, manning tables, and management responsiveness in the use of available resources. The relative effects of the changes are also shown. The author suggests techniques for determining the best quantities of resources to meet operational objectives at minimum cost, or for maximizing operational capability with existing resources, at several points in the lifecycle of the weapon system. Substantial payoffs, both short- and long-range, are shown to be possible through greater management responsiveness in the use of resources, multi-shift operation, and establishment of different manpower requirements during the phasing-in and phasing-out periods.

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