Additional U.S. Air Force Airbasing Requirements in Support of NATO (Unclassified Digest of a Classified Report)

ID-77-29: Published: Oct 19, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1977.

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Additional airbase capacity is needed because of growing U.S. commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Without allied airbases scheduled for joint wartime use (collocated operating bases), the additional U.S. Forces would overload present U.S. European bases. Collocated bases also provide for dispersal, flexibility, and increased tactical capability.

Under the airbase expansion program, new facilities will be required to support operations and provide airfield protection facilities for the additional U.S. aircraft. Although the cost for these facilities is estimated at several hundred millions of dollars, the NATO allies who benefit from the additional U.S. Forces will contribute little to the construction program or operating costs in peacetime. Most needed facilities are not eligible for NATO common funding. The planned basing arrangements also pose logistics and communications problems.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: The Department of Defense should make a total logistical systems study and test thoroughly the resupply concept in all geographical areas. The Congress should consider the total program, including commitments, agreements, and requirements, before approving funds on an annual piecemeal basis for what appears to be a costly, multiyear program. The Congress should also require the Secretary of Defense to report periodically on the status of the program.


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