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Author McGarvey, Ronald G.

Title Commercial intratheater airlift : cost-effectiveness analysis of use in U.S. Central Command / Ronald G. McGarvey, Thomas Light, Brent Thomas, Ricardo Sanchez ; prepared for the United States Air Force.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 82 pages) : illustrations.
text file PDF
Series Report ; TR-1313-AF
Technical report (Rand Corporation) ; TR-1313-AF.
Note "RAND Project Air Force."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- ITA in USCEN TCOM -- Determining cost-effectiveness of CITA movements -- Conclusions and potential extensions to research -- Appendix A: Data merging -- Appendix B: Evaluation of the theater express program -- Appendix C: Estimating the full marginal costs of utilizing C-130 aircraft -- Appendix D: The commercial intratheater airlift optimization model.
Summary Intratheater airlift delivers critical and time-sensitive supplies, such as blood products for transfusions or repair parts for vehicles, to deployed forces. Traditionally, military aircraft have provided this airlift. However, for various reasons, in recent years a number of commercial carriers have provided a significant amount of airlift within U.S. Central Command. But was this more cost-effective than using organic U.S. Air Force aircraft? To explore this question, the authors collected historical (2009) U.S. Central Command data and created models to identify the most cost-effective combination of commercial and organic airlift to perform the required movements. The calculations needed to address differences in fixed and marginal costs across alternatives as well as the effects of price elasticities of demand for commercial airlift providers. Model optimization runs showed a preference for U.S. Air Force-organic aircraft but suggested that commercial alternatives should be retained to supplement Air Force aircraft for a small fraction of movements. The authors further observed that U.S. Central Command planners could have benefitted from more sophisticated decision support tools to make daily intratheater cargo-aircraft allocation decisions.
Local Note JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access
Subject United States. Central Command.
United States. Central Command.
Airlift, Military -- United States -- Costs -- Evaluation.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Light, Thomas (Economist)
Thomas, Brent (Optimization specialist)
Sanchez, Ricardo R., 1979-
Project Air Force (U.S.)
Added Title CITA, cost-effectiveness analysis of use in US CENTCOM
Other Form: Print version: McGarvey, Ronald G. Commercial intratheater airlift 9780833078377 (DLC) 2013004955 (OCoLC)827010643
ISBN 9780833081209 (electronic bk.)
0833081209 (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/TR-1313-AF