A Cost Analysis of the U.S. Air Force Overseas Posture

A Cost Analysis of the U.S. Air Force Overseas Posture: Informing Strategic Choices

Patrick Mills
Adam Grissom
Jennifer Kavanagh
Leila Mahnad
Stephen M. Worman
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 52
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    A Cost Analysis of the U.S. Air Force Overseas Posture
    Book Description:

    This report seeks to inform the debate over the extent of U.S. military presence overseas by providing a rigorous estimate of the costs associated with maintaining U.S. Air Force installations and units overseas rather than in the United States.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8333-3
    Subjects: History, Business

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iii)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. iv-iv)
  4. Figures
    (pp. v-v)
  5. Tables
    (pp. vi-vi)
  6. Summary
    (pp. vii-ix)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. x-x)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xi-xi)
  9. The Costs of Commitment: Cost Analysis of Overseas Air Force Basing
    (pp. 1-30)

    American grand strategy—defined here as “the alignment of national ends, ways, and means”¹—is once again the subject of intense debate among policymakers, politicians, academics, and analysts. While the debate, like grand strategy itself, spans the range of national priorities and challenges, there are particularly sharp disagreements over the role of the United States in the international system.² Most of the discussion focuses on the appropriate scope of American military presence overseas, with opinion ranging from those who call for an expansion of forward military presence (particularly, but not solely, in East Asia) to those who argue that the...

  10. Appendix: Details of Regression Analyses
    (pp. 31-36)
  11. Bibliography
    (pp. 37-41)