Air Mobility: The Key to the United States National Security by Richard J. Hazdra - Major, USAF

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The third scenario was a war in Korea followed by a war in the Persian Gulf. The fourth 33 FAIRCHILD PAPER scenario was a war in the Persian Gulf followed by a war in Korea. The MRS BURU identified the heaviest mobility requirements in the second and third scenarios. In the first situation, the MRS BURU foresaw a shortfall in the lift requirement to transport enough forces to halt an offensive and maintain a moderate risk. The study recommended resolution of the shortfall either by purchasing additional airlift planes or by prepositioning additional cargo in the region.

The first four questions revolve around the nature of the conflict: Who are the aggressors? What does the NCA want the military to accomplish? How much warning will the military have? Will military forces work in coalition, alliance, or alone? The fifth question asks which military forces would deploy first. The final set of questions revolves around transportation. For example, will military and commercial transportation be available when needed, and will the modes of transportation perform as expected?

3 After the surge rate ends, the flying rate decreases to the sustained rate in order for maintenance personnel to perform repairs and conduct aircraft inspections. Other characteristics also define objective utilization rates. AMC assigns each type of airframe an objective utilization rate based on the fleet characteristics of that aircraft and aircrew employment per aircraft. To determine fleet characteristics, AMC calculates reliability, maintainability, performance, ground handling, and loading characteristics of each type of airframe.

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