Modernizing the Air Reserve Forces--More Emphasis on Logistics Support Needed

LCD-80-11: Published: Nov 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1979.

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Air Force plans to modernize the Air Reserve Forces needs to match logistics support more effectively with operational needs.

Neither the Department of Defense nor the Air Force required integrated support plans from the Reserves in order to ensure that logistics support met operational needs. The Reserves were structured, based, and supported quite differently from the Active Forces, often causing severe support problems when aircraft were transferred. The decentralized structure of the Reserves were more costly to operate than the centralized Active Forces. When mobilized, the Reserves would be reconfigured like the Active forces, so peacetime support should mirror this configuration. That it did not, resulted in peacetime support that far exceeded wartime need. The Air Force could greatly reduce costs and increase Reserves' effectiveness by considering support alternatives such as centralizing logistics support activities, colocating common aircraft, using Active Air Force bases to a greater extent, and expanding the Air Force Associate Program to include the Air National Guard.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should reconsider present modernization plans with emphasis on reducing support requirements. Integrated logistics support planning should be used to determine the logistics impact of transferring aircraft to the Air Reserve Forces. The Secretary of Defense should require the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to: operate and support the peacetime Air Reserve Forces structure as it will be in wartime; colocate common type aircraft and centralize support functions to a greater extent; locate Air Reserve Forces on Active Air Force bases to a greater extent; and expand the Air Force Associate Program to other mission areas and include the Air National Guard.

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