Enhancing the Assessment of the Costs and Benefits of International Pilot Training (IPT) Within the U.S. Air Force

Is It Worth It?

by McKay McLaren

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This dissertation provides a unique perspective on valuing the total monetary cost and the operational monetary and nonmonetary benefits of international pilot training (IPT) that have not been explored previously. It investigates the costs of IPT that result from the sale of defense equipment through the U.S. government Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Costs are not fully reimbursed due to 1) special discount rates for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations and many other allies and 2) rates below actual costs. There are costs to the service above and beyond even the full reimbursement rate or formal course price for international training. It uses the case study of F-16 international training at the Tucson Air National Guard to derive the direct cost incurred through discounting, as well as an estimate of the cost above and beyond the full FMS price.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Background and Motivation

  • Chapter Three

    Assessing the Full Costs to Train International Pilots

  • Chapter Four

    Cost Savings from Operation Odyssey Dawn

  • Chapter Five

    Nonmonetary FMS Benefits: Interoperability

  • Chapter Six

    Summary, Conclusions and Additional Work

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in December 2014 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Bart Bennett (Chair), Fred Timson, and William A. Williams.

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