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The buildings and permanent installations necessary for the support, deployment, and operation of a nation's military constitute its defense infrastructure. RAND research has examined the structure and needs of U.S. and allied military facilities, provided recommendations concerning base realignment, and investigated ways to maximize the capabilities and utilization of existing resources and to define future infrastructure needs.

  • North Carolina Air National Guard Airman Staff Sgt. Jay Benton transports equipment with a fork-lift at a warehouse in western North Carolina, June 18, 2020, photo by Sgt. Marcel Pugh/U.S. Army

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    Military and Defense-Related Supply Chains

    Jun 22, 2021

    After the Cold War, U.S. logistics planners moved away from a focus on effectiveness to a focus on efficiency in the sense that little is left idle for significant periods and that commodities are delivered at minimum cost. The ability of the system to support the joint force in the event of major conflict is at best untested and could be problematic.

  • A facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael, October 10, 2018, photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Conroy/U.S. Air Force

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    How Can the Department of the Air Force Prepare for Natural Hazards?

    Aug 9, 2021

    Some Air Force facilities are exposed to flooding, high winds, wildfires, or even multiple hazards. Future costs of damages are uncertain, and climate change could affect the frequency and scale of these hazards. The process for making investment decisions regarding resilience should be flexible.

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    SAC Dispersal: Estimated Installations Costs of Wing, Main and Satellite Bomber Bases, Hard and Soft

    This short paper estimates the installation costs for B-52 and B-47 bombers in a variety of basing schemes, including a smaller number of wing-level bases; dispersing aircraft in groups of 5, 15, or 45 aircraft; and hardening bases.

    Jun 29, 1955

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    B-52 Main and Satellite Base Installations Cost: Warm and Cold Climate

    This short paper estimates the costs of B-52 main and dispersal bases in warm and cold climates.

    May 4, 1955

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    Preservation of Tactical Air Combat Potential in Western Europe: Guided Missile Defense Potential

    An investigation of surface-to-air guided missiles as a means of augmenting Allied tactical air bases in Western Europe from 1955 to 1958.

    Sep 15, 1954

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    Preservation of Tactical Air Combat Potential in Western Europe: Allied Force, Base, and Radar Structure

    This report describes the components of the Allied Tactical Air Forces (ATAF) in Europe in order to inform other tasks in a larger base vulnerability study.

    Sep 15, 1954

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    Preservation of Tactical Air Combat Potential in Western Europe: Underground Hangars for Fighter-Bomber Operations

    This report compares the cost and effectiveness of alternative hardened shelters for aircraft and dispersal as defensive measures against atomic attack.

    Sep 14, 1954

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    Preservation of Tactical Air Combat Potential in Western Europe: Wing-Level Defense Against A-Bombing

    This report presents and assesses the effectiveness of new concepts for the defense of tactical air units in Europe.

    Aug 1, 1954

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    Use of Alternative Recovery Bases by Air Defense Interceptor Aircraft

    This report assesses the benefits of using alternate recovery bases for Air Defense Command interceptor aircraft to reduce fuel requirements.

    Oct 19, 1953

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    Special Staff Report: The Selection of Strategic Air Bases

    This report analyzes major factors involved in the selection of strategic bases and traces the implications of this analysis for the basing of the 1956 bomber force.

    Mar 1, 1953

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    Scott W. Harold

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D., M.A. in political science, Columbia University; B.A. in international relations, Michigan State University

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    Yun Kang

    Associate Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center; Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, MIT

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    Weilong Kong

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A., University of Southern California; B.Ec. in finance, Renmin University of China

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    Rebecca Lucas

    Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in defence studies, King's College London; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science with honors, Wellesley College

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    Lee-Anne Murray

    Senior Research Leader
    Education M.Sc. in international relations (research), University of Southampton; B.Sc. in politics and international relations, University of Southampton

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    Anu Narayanan

    Associate Director, Forces and Logistics Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in applied mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

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    Michael J. Neumann

    Director of Operations, RAND Project AIR FORCE
    Education M.A. in national security studies, Georgetown University; B.S. in journalism, Northwestern University

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    Theodora Ogden

    Research Assistant
    Education M.Sc. in crisis & security management, Leiden University; L.L.M. in human rights law, Birkbeck College, University of London; B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) in international relations and politics, The University of Manchester

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    Eric Peltz

    Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations
    Education M.B.A. and M.S.E. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; B.S.E. in systems engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point

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    Ellen M. Pint

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

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    Daniel M. Romano

    Senior Technical Analyst
    Education M.B.A in business administration, George Mason University; M.S. in logistics management, Air Force Institute of Technology

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    Robert S. Tripp

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in business administration, University of Minnesota; M.S. in business administration, Michigan Technological University; B.S. in metallurgical engineering, Michigan Technological University