Accession Number : ADA200492

Title :   Tactical Dispersal of Fighter Aircraft: Risk, Uncertainty, and Policy Recommendations.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Halliday, John M

PDF Url : ADA200492

Report Date : Feb 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 87

Abstract : This Note examines U.S. Air Force policy on the basing of tactical fighter aircraft. Specifically, it addresses the risks of losses to both aircraft and sorties that are implicitly accepted by commanders and policymakers when they base fighters within range of potential attackers. It also deals with one potential alternative to the current static basing mode--tactical dispersal--and with the organizational impediments to it. The author applies the concepts of risk and uncertainty to plausible attack scenarios for main operating bases and dispersed sites, and he discusses policy issues that must be addressed if high sortie rates are to be sustained during the early days of a conflict. He recommends that a program be designed to empirically test the assumptions used in the models for evaluating basing policy. Keywords: Air Force facilities, Tactical analyses, Fighter aircraft, Risk, Probability. (sdw)

Descriptors :   *FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, AIR FORCE, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT, ATTACK, DISPERSING, HIGH RATE, JET FIGHTERS, MISSIONS, POLICIES, RISK, SCENARIOS, SITES, TACTICAL AIRCRAFT, TACTICAL ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE