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Suitability of Missions for the Air Force Reserve Components

Suitability of Missions for the Air Force Reserve Components

Albert A. Robbert
James H. Bigelow
John E. Boon
Lisa M. Harrington
Michael McGee
S. Craig Moore
Daniel M. Norton
William W. Taylor
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 150
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    Suitability of Missions for the Air Force Reserve Components
    Book Description:

    The composition of Air Force active and reserve forces is often contentious, especially during a force drawdown. This document seeks to inform force composition decisions by clarifying issues that affect the suitability of missions for assignment to the reserve components.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8674-7
    Subjects: History, Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xviii)
  7. Acknowledgements
    (pp. xix-xx)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  9. 1. Introduction
    (pp. 1-12)

    The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25) emerged from efforts by the Obama Administration and Congress to find a path toward reduction of large current and projected federal deficits. It requiressequestration(automatic, proportioned cuts in discretionary spending, including defense spending) if spending limits specified in the act are breached. Through either sequestration or more deliberately fashioned budgets, the Department of Defense (DoD) faces the likelihood of additional significant budget cuts, and therefore potentially greater reductions in the services’ force structures, in coming years.

    Previous research within the same project that culminated in this report found that the...

  10. 2. Considerations
    (pp. 13-48)

    In this chapter, we consider a variety of factors that we believe bear on the suitability of missions for assignment to the RC.

    First, we look at a series of issues related to the relative availability and cost of AC and RC forces. Factors reviewed here include constraints on availability of RC forces, statutory and funding restrictions on duties of reservists, man-day management, output-related costs, and fleet service life. We link interactions among these factors to three of the criteria we identified for weighing the suitability of missions to the RC:

    Surge demand: Force structure is suitably placed in the...

  11. 3. Analysis of Missions
    (pp. 49-76)

    The considerations in the previous chapter provide a basis for evaluating which organizational constructs are suitable for various missions. Representative missions evaluated here include four flying missions (F-16, C-130, KC-135, and C-17), three non-flying missions (RED HORSE civil engineering units, space, cyber), and the remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) mission, which has both flying and non-flying mission characteristics. We chose these missions because they are broadly representative of the kind of direct (as opposed to garrison support) missions around which RC wings are generally organized.

    A summary of our observations is contained in Table 3.1 (for representative non-space missions) and Table...

  12. 4. Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 77-80)

    Of the missions we examined, we found only one (the RPA LRE mission) that is clearly a poor fit for the RC. However, we found that several missions are rendered less suitable for the RC by policies or practices that can be changed. We have also found that cost—which in a resource-constrained environment should be an important consideration in determining the suitability of a mission—is seldom depicted in a way that allows decisionmakers to use it as a criterion in incrementally adjusting mission assignments. Toward that end, we offer a recommended approach to assessing the costs of AC...

  13. Appendix A. MPA Man-Day Management and Utilization
    (pp. 81-92)
  14. Appendix B. Memorandum Regarding Restrictions on Reserve Component Duties
    (pp. 93-106)
  15. Appendix C. C-17 Unit Cost Comparisons
    (pp. 107-108)
  16. Appendix D. Absorption and Sustainment Processes
    (pp. 109-116)
  17. Appendix E. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Force Composition Analyses Performed by the Air Force Total Force Integration Office (AF/A8XF)
    (pp. 117-122)
  18. Bibliography
    (pp. 123-128)