Assessment of Beddown Alternatives for the F-35

Assessment of Beddown Alternatives for the F-35: Executive Summary

Ronald G. McGarvey
James H. Bigelow
Gary James Briggs
Peter Buryk
Raymond E. Conley
John G. Drew
Perry Shameem Firoz
Julie Kim
Lance Menthe
S. Craig Moore
William W. Taylor
William A. Williams
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 30
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt5hhw25
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    Assessment of Beddown Alternatives for the F-35
    Book Description:

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most costly aircraft acquisition program in Defense Department history. RAND assessed the potential for savings by reconfiguring the U.S. Air Force’s combat-coded F-35s into larger squadrons, adjusting the Primary Aerospace Vehicle Authorized (PAA) mix across the Active and Reserve Components, and adjusting the percentage of PAA permanently assigned to locations in the continental United States.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8330-2
    Subjects: Transportation Studies, Management & Organizational Behavior, Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Assessment of Beddown Alternatives for the F-35: Executive Summary
    (pp. 1-24)

    As currently planned, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the largest aircraft acquisition program in the Department of Defense’s history. To ensure that the affordability of the F-35 program is not threatened by continuing operating and support (O&S) cost growth, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is examining alternative strategies to reduce those costs. One approach to reducing O&S costs is to increase the number of Primary Aerospace Vehicles Authorized (PAA) per squadron, across a constant total number of USAF PAA, with a resulting reduction in the number of F-35 squadrons. In 2012, the commander of Air Combat Command (ACC/CC) approved...