The U.S. Air Force and Operations Other Than War

Reducing Current Stresses and Meeting Future Demand

by Alan J. Vick

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This research brief describes work documented in Preparing the U.S. Air Force for Military Operations Other Than War (MR-842-AF).

Excerpt: A recent RAND study of USAF involvement in military operations other than war (MOOTW) delineates the challenges facing the USAF at this optempo level and offers new approaches aimed not only at minimizing existing problems but also at enhancing USAF MOOTW capabilities. The study begins by analyzing how MOOTW optempo is affecting training, readiness, and morale, and explores ways of minimizing the effects. The authors then discuss the central reasons for the growing importance of MOOTW in the post-Cold War environment and go on to describe additional MOOTW tasks likely to face the USAF in the future. The study concludes by proposing concepts of operation that would enhance USAF capabilities to perform the new tasks.

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