Air Force Maintenance Depots--The Need for More Responsiveness to Mobilization as Well as Peacetime Efficiency

LCD-77-425: Published: Oct 21, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 1977.

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The Air Force maintains depot repair capability to ensure a controlled source of competence to keep aircraft and other equipment ready in peacetime, sustain this hardware in the initial surge of a contingency or war, and provide a base for rapid expansion. Immediate and flexible responsiveness is considered to be a higher priority than the need to obtain efficiency for peacetime operations.

The Air Force has made significant progress in measuring the depot capability and capacity needed to meet mobilization needs. As currently configured, however, maintenance depots cannot support requirements for a surge period for weapon systems. Flying hour estimates for high-surge transport estimates exceed the number possible under present conditions.

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