Accession Number : ADA323821

Title :   Military Airlift: Savings Achievable by Eliminating Support Operations at Torrejon Air Base, Spain.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA323821

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The Department of Defense (DOD) increasingly relies on its global network of en route bases to provide logistical support to military airlift aircraft during contingencies. According to Air Mobility Command documents, two en route bases in Spain-Torrejon and Zaragoza-supported about 50 percent of the Air Mobility Command's airlift missions during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. However, according to Spanish government officials, Torrejon Air Base's proximity to Madrid, the capital of Spain, makes its use by the U.S. military highly visible and politically sensitive. This report addresses (1) the future use of Torrejon Air Base in Spain for airlift operations, (2) the cost savings that would be realized if the Air Mobility Command's presence at that base was ended, and (3) alternatives the Air Mobility Command is considering to the current use of Torrejon Air Base. We conducted this review under our basic legislative responsibilities and are addressing the report to you because it addresses key issues under your Subcommittee's jurisdiction.

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *AIR FORCE FACILITIES, *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, COSTS, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, AIRPORTS, AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE