An Assessment of Alternative Transports for Future Mobility Planning

by Myron Hura, John Matsumura, Richard Robinson


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With the end of the Cold War and growing pressure to reduce the budget deficit, DoD mobility programs will probably face sharp fiscal constraints. Yet the ability to project forces to distant places remains central to U.S. national security. This work identifies preferred alternatives (airlift, prepositioning, and sealift) to augment the projected FY 1999 capabilities of existing mobility programs. The work is focused on capabilities for deploying combat unit equipment and support. Because future deployments are uncertain, the work presents alternative strategies for planning future mobility programs. Choosing confidently among the various strategies will require in-depth analysis of future threats to U.S. national interest and of planned DoD responses to those threats. Until such analysis is completed, the authors suggest that initial investments be made to modestly improve the capabilities of existing mobility programs.

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