Life Cycle Management of Military Commercial Derivative Aircraft
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by Brittany Clayton; Obaid Younossi; Brian Dolan; Thomas Goughnour; Devon Hill; Gwen Mazzotta; Benjamin J. Sacks; Barbara Bicksler
5M ago
Drawing on interviews with U.S. Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and industry experts, the authors assess the benefits and challenges of (and propose best practices for) commercial derivative aircraft acquisition ..read more
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Improving Acquisition and Sustainment Outcomes for Military Commercial Derived Aircraft
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by Benjamin J. Sacks; Obaid Younossi; Brittany Clayton
5M ago
The authors of this report examine improvement in acquisition and sustainment of commercial derivative aircraft using a case study of the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker ..read more
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Russia's Su-57 Heavy Fighter Bomber: Is It Really a Fifth-Generation Aircraft?
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by RAND Corporation
5M ago
Russia's Su-57 aircraft has been in development since 2002 and is considered a key part of Russia's arms export industry as a fifth-generation fighter. Despite continued Russian efforts to sell the aircraft, it is unlikely that a fully developed and full production–ready Su-57 will be available for sale before the late 2020s ..read more
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Where Are Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Sightings in the United States?
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by Marek N. Posard; Ashley Gromis; Mary Lee
9M ago
The February 2023 Chinese surveillance balloon incident raised questions about the degree to which the U.S. government knows who is flying what over its skies. Public reporting of unidentified aerial phenomena may help officials identify potential threats ..read more
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Department of Defense Considerations for Leveraging Commercially Developed Emerging Technologies
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by Lauren A. Mayer; Elizabeth Hastings Roer; Jeffrey S. Brown; Richard Mason; Dahlia Anne Goldfeld
9M ago
This report provides preliminary insights from a project to assess advanced air mobility (AAM) developments, the potential for AAM to support military missions, and the implications of AAM commercial markets for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD ..read more
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Aerial Minefields Can Put the 'Miss' in Missiles
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by Scott Savitz
11M ago
The growing missile threat is the greatest tactical challenge of the early 21st century. Adversaries ranging from near-peer competitors to rebel groups increasingly can wield highly accurate missiles that can strike ships, ground forces, and key installations ..read more
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Lead Forward
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by Michael J. Lostumbo; Jeffrey S. Brown; Stephen W. Oliver, Jr.
11M ago
Motivated by the future threat to air force command and control networks and forces, the authors identify the demands of future conflicts and consider alternative options for the design of wing-level command and control elements ..read more
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Characterizing the Uncrewed Systems Industrial Base
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by Bradley Wilson; Ellen M. Pint; Elizabeth Hastings Roer; Emily Ellinger; Fabian Villalobos; Mark Stalczynski; Jonathan L. Brosmer; Annie Brothers; Elliott Grant
1y ago
The Department of Defense has hypothesized that future demand for uncrewed systems (UxS) will strain the capacity of the defense industrial base (DIB). This report contains an analysis of UxS demand and recommendations on strengthening the DIB ..read more
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How Can the Mobility Air Forces Better Support Adaptive Basing?
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by David T. Orletsky; Jeffrey S. Brown; Bradley DeBlois; Patrick Mills; Daniel M. Norton; Julia Brackup; Christian Curriden; Adam R. Grissom; Robert A. Guffey
1y ago
The U.S. Air Force is exploring adaptive basing concepts to reduce the vulnerability of U.S. forces and to preserve critical combat capabilities in highly contested environments. This report assesses the impact on the Mobility Air Forces ..read more
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Mapping Chinese and Russian Military and Security Exports to Africa
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by Cortney Weinbaum; Melissa Shostak; Chandler Sachs; John V. Parachini
1y ago
RAND researchers analyzed which African countries received military arms and private military and security contractors from China and Russia in 2018-2021. This visualization maps China's and Russia's influence across Africa ..read more
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