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

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

Chapter One
INTRODUCTION
The Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF) concept—substituting speed of deployment and employment for presence—was developed to allow the Air Force to respond quickly, with a tailored, sustainable force, to any national security issue. Since 1997, RAND Project AIR FORCE and the Air Force Logistics Management Agency have studied options for configuring a future Agile Combat Support (ACS) system that would enable AEF goals to be achieved.
BACKGROUND OF THE AGILE COMBAT SUPPORT SYSTEM
As defined in Tripp (2000), 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 these forces upon arrival
smoothly shift from deployment to operational sustainment
meet the demands of small-scale contingencies and peacekeeping commitments while maintaining readiness for potential contingencies outlined in defense guidance.

Two earlier RAND studies (Galway et al., 2000; Tripp et al., 1999) present the framework for an ACS system to support the AEF concept:

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