A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment by Don Snyder

By Don Snyder

The Air Force's transition from a threat-based to a capabilities-based making plans posture indicates the necessity to calculate speedily the manpower and gear required to generate these features. This e-book outlines simply this type of method for making a choice on deployment requisites. The technique employs a prototype examine tool--the Strategic instrument for the research of Required Transportation (START)--which generates lists of power devices required to aid a user-specified operation. The appendix serves as a user's advisor to the beginning application

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Avionics, jet engine intermediate maintenance [JEIM]). These UTCs give maintainers a “backshop” capability where they can disassemble components and perform more-intensive diagnosis and repair than with aviation UTCs. Materiel includes maintenance stands, trailers, and testing equipment. Manpower requirements include maintainers, logisticians, and supply specialists. Approximately 300 UTCs cover these capabilities (60 of which are included in START), all beginning with the prefix HE*** or HF***.

A TPFDD is a list of which units of capability need to be deployed in order to support the mission objectives, who will supply these capabilities, and details of the timing and routing of their transport. These units of capability are called Unit Type Codes (UTCs), and this list of UTCs is assembled by specialists in each career area, who are called functional area managers. For deliberate plans, this process can take on the order of a year. When a crisis occurs, assembling the TPFDD for a real deployment benefits from the experience of generating the deliberate plans (and planners sometimes use deliberate plans as a template), thus compressing the time-scale, but the process still takes weeks to months to complete.

Therefore, if C-17s will flow through the base, and the MOG is 4, then the UTC for a MOG of four C-17s will deploy. 6 Because C-5 and C-17 UTCs are designed around MOG rather than total number of aircraft, there are no drop-down menus in START for selecting the number of C-5s and C-17s. , KC-10), and some require them only if operations exceed 30 days. 5 Interviews at HQ ACC (Langley AFB) on January 27, 2002, and June 10, 2002, and at HQ AMC (Scott AFB) on January 8, 2002. 6 Although the C-17 was designed with many tactical capabilities, its deployment concept, like that of the C-5, was as a strategic lifter.

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