Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements

Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements

Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements

Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements

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Transforming from threat-based planning to capabilities-based planning has highlighted the need for the Air Force to be able to quantify quickly the manpower and materiel necessary to support a desired capability. From a logistical point of view, the transition accentuates the utility of having a rapid, analytical method for determining the total support required to deploy specified forces to bases across the full range of support infrastructures, including austere bases.

This monograph presents such a methodology for determining manpower and equipment deployment requirements and summarizes a prototype research tool—called the Strategic Tool for the Analysis of Required Transportation (START)—which illustrates the methodology. (The appendix serves as a user's guide for this prototype tool.) The START program, an Excel-based spreadsheet model, determines the list of Unit Type Codes (UTCs) required to support a user-specified operation, along with the movement characteristics of the materiel for a wide range of support areas. It therefore is a demand generator of the manpower and materiel needed at a base to achieve initial operating capability, and a fully implemented tool based on this prototype should be useful for both deliberate and crisis-action planning.

This work was conducted by the Resource Management Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE and was jointly sponsored by the USAF Deputy Chief of Staff of Installations and Logistics (USAF/IL) and the USAF Directorate of Operational Plans and Joint Matters (USAF/XOX). It is one element of a larger study entitled.

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