Need to Strengthen Justification and Approval Process for Military Aircraft Used for Training, Replacement, and Overhaul

LCD-77-423: Published: Oct 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1977.

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The military services buy extra combat aircraft to train pilots, to replace aircraft lost through peacetime attrition, and to use while other aircraft are being overhauled. The Air Force and the Navy use inconsistent and imprecise criteria to forecast requirements for aircraft. With tighter management control and closer scrutiny of supporting data, they could reduce their requirements for these three categories of aircraft.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: The Secretary of Defense, through the Secretaries of the Air Force and Navy, should reevaluate the number of F-14s and F-15s needed for training on the basis of realistic estimates of students to be trained, the training required, and use of the aircraft at an efficient level. In making this reevaluation, projected improvements in course curricula should be considered. The Secretary should also have the two services evaluate the costs and potential benefits of Saturday flying. The Secretary should have the Air Force and Navy revise the methods of estimating requirements for replacement aircraft; define the purpose of pipeline and nonoperating active authorizations; and reassess the services' procurement and production scheduling. Congress should require the Department of Defense and the military services to specify the requirements for training, replacement, and overhaul aircraft based on realistic and supportable data and not on obsolete and arbitrary percentages of operational combat aircraft.


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