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

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

SUMMARY
The Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF) concept was developed to enable the Air Force to respond quickly to any national security issue with a tailored, sustainable force. The major theme of substituting speed of deployment and employment for presence has significant resource implications. Since 1997, the RAND Corporation and the Air Force Logistics Management Agency have studied and refined a framework for an Agile Combat Support (ACS) system to support the AEF concept (Galway et al., 2000; Tripp et al., 1999).
AGILE COMBAT SUPPORT SYSTEM BACKGROUND
As described in Tripp et al. (2000), the AEF operational goals are to
rapidly configure support needed to achieve the desired operational effects
quickly deploy both large and small tailored force packages with the capability to deliver substantial firepower anywhere in the world
immediately employ such forces upon arrival
smoothly shift from deployment to operational sustainment
meet the demands of small-scale contingencies and peacekeepingcommitments while maintaining readiness for potential contingencies outlined in defense guidance.

Key elements of an ACS system to enable these AEF operational goals include the following (Tripp et al., 1999):

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