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This research brief describes work documented in Supporting Expeditionary Aerospace Forces: Alternatives for Jet Engine Intermediate Maintenance (MR-1431-AF).

Excerpt: The Jet Engine Intermediate Maintenance (JEIM) shop traditionally has been located with the fighter unit it supports. Expeditionary requirements for quick deployment have led the U.S. Air Force to consider whether intermediate maintenance ought to be centralized. Besides expeditionary operations, current factors favoring centralization are the increasing technical complexity of engines, potential gains from economies of scale, and changes in experience levels of technicians. On the other hand, the issue of control over maintenance assets and the potential of having advanced engines subject to technical repair orders that require immediate attention favor the current decentralized maintenance structure.

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