This research brief describes work documented in Perspectives on Theater Air Campaign Planning (MR-515-AF).

Excerpt: The United States had six months for planning, organizing, and training its forces in Operation Desert Storm. It may never again enjoy such favorable circumstances. To be ready for future challenges, the Air Force is reviewing and reevaluating how it plans and executes air operations in support of theater campaigns. Project AIR FORCE researchers at RAND interviewed planners at U.S. Air Force organizations — at home and abroad — to gain insights into air campaign planning and how the process might be improved. In Perspectives on Theater Air Campaign Planning, David Thaler and David Shlapak compare the planning process in its ideal form with the planning process as it really is.

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