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Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: Lessons from Operation Enduring Freedom

By Robert S. Tripp; Kristin F. Lynch et al. | Go to book overview

Appendix C
A FRAMEWORK FOR ASSESSING SUPPORT
CAPABILITIES
This appendix addresses how combat support capability-based assessments can be conducted to provide insights into some very fundamental questions, including (Snyder, 2003):
1. What combat support capabilities exist in the Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF) to open bases after steady-state rotational commitments have been met?
2. What combat support capabilities exist in the AEF to augment capabilities at preexisting yet not fully developed bases?
3. What are the limiting constraints on capability, equipment, and personnel?
4. What are the options for mitigating the constraints and what are their costs?

Senior defense planners and senior Air Force officers have laid out the requirement to provide such assessment, and RAND Project AIR FORCE has a project under way that develops these capabilities.

Figure C.1 shows a high-level schematic of methods that have recently been developed to answer these questions (Snyder, 2003). Air Force personnel and equipment resources are inputted into the model, then the current AEF posturing of deployable resources into the AEF buckets is used as a starting point. This process identifies nondeployable resources that are needed to support home-station

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