Accession Number : ADA302969

Title :   United States Air Force Fighter Support in Operation Desert Storm.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Pyles, Raymond A. ; Shulman, Hyman L.

PDF Url : ADA302969

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 122

Abstract : Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm were characterized by unanticipated levels of demands for U.S. Air Force (USAF) fighter logistics materials and services-sometimes high, sometimes low, but seldom what was predicted during peacetime planning. Peacetime predictions about the required kinds, quantities, and locations of critical logistics resources were frequently wrong-often substantially. In this report, we discuss logistics Support to USAF fighter aircraft in Operation Desert Storm. We review the ability of the logistics system to satisfy fighter units' needs for aircraft components, electronic countermeasures, and Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pods, and for munitions during the conflict. Where that performance varied from expected or officially planned levels in either a positive or negative way, we sought to identify the underlying causes. From those findings, we draw inferences for the future logistics system, especially in light of post-Cold War changes in the global threat, USAF missions, force size, and future budgets. This report should be of interest to logistics policymakers, wartime planners, and logistics analysts, because it challenges widely held assumptions about wartime support to fighters. Not only do we question the validity of analysts extrapolating peacetime demand experience into wartime predictions, but we observe that the logistics system for fighters performed best when logistics managers on the scene developed ad hoc processes to supplant standard processes and resource plans. Finally, we indicate the need for more-flexible resources and structures in future USAF logistics policies and plans.

Descriptors :   *SUPPLY DEPOTS, *AIR LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT, MILITARY OPERATIONS, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, GLOBAL, IRAQ, KUWAIT, POLICIES, PEACETIME, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), PREDICTIONS, VALIDATION, THREATS, LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, MILITARY DOCTRINE, WEAPON SYSTEMS, MATERIALS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, NAVIGATION, PLANNING, MISSIONS, JET FIGHTERS, SUPERVISORS, RESOURCES, TARGETING, NIGHT, BUDGETS, STRATEGIC WARFARE, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, INFRARED RADIATION, WARTIME, ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURES, TACTICAL WARFARE, LOGISTICS PLANNING, AIR FORCE EQUIPMENT, LOW ALTITUDE, ANALYSTS, AIR SUPERIORITY FIGHTERS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE