Air Force Contingency Plans Should Include Facilities of Civil Reserve Air Fleet

LCD-77-207: Published: Apr 6, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1977.

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GAO reviewed an Air Force study which concluded that its plan to operate Civil Reserve Air Fleet aircraft through military aerial ports should not be changed despite a Senate Committee on Appropriations request that the Air Force consider contributions that could be provided by the use of commercial airport facilities.

The Air Force understated both the cargo processing capability of the commercial terminals and the potential personnel savings resulting from their use. Use of the commercial terminal facilities for the movement of military cargo would reduce the Military Airlift Command's overall staffing requirements significantly. If, during full mobilization, all commercially compatible resupply cargo were transferred to commercial aerial ports, the staffing could be reduced by several hundred persons. Any operational problems caused by the rerouting of military cargo through commercial airports could be solved through advance planning.

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