Accession Number : ADA303605

Title :   A Case Study of the Environmental Impacts of the Beddown of the C-17 Globemaster III at Charleston AFB.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Houghton, Richard H., Jr

PDF Url : ADA303605

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 107

Abstract : Unites States Air Force acquisition environmental planning has changed significantly since the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act in 1969. This research examined the role of environmental planning in weapon system acquisition. It focused on environmental planning performed for the C-17 Globemaster III prior to its beddown at Charleston Air Force Base. The case study of the C- 17 beddown included interviews, archival record reviews, and direct observations at the base. Evidence was collected to determine what environmental impacts occurred during the beddown. An environmental postaudit compared actual impacts with those predicted in environmental planning documentation. Impacts were analyzed to determine if they resulted from local conditions or requirements. A framework of the acquisition process was constructed and environmental requirements were flowcharted. A timeline of C-17 events was developed for comparison of C-17 history with an ideal acquisition process. Finally, environmental planning documentation was evaluated using 20 objective criteria to determine its quality. Two minor impacts were identified at Charleston AFB during data collection in June 1995 - two years after the first C- 17 arrived there. Impacts did not result from unique local conditions. Recommendations were presented regarding the quality and timing of weapon system environmental planning.

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, *TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, POLICIES, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, ACQUISITION, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, WASTE WATER, WEAPON SYSTEMS, THESES, CASE STUDIES, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, AIR QUALITY, HAZARDOUS WASTES, CULTURAL RESOURCES, WATER QUALITY, SOLID WASTES, NOISE POLLUTION, AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE PLANNING, SEWAGE.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE