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
1w 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
1M 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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Where Has China Sent Weapons and Security Contractors?
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by Cortney Weinbaum; John V. Parachini; Melissa Shostak; Chandler Sachs; Tristan Finazzo; Katheryn Giglio
5M ago
China exported weapons to 38 countries from 2018 to 2021. It also exported private security contractors to protect and secure its interests in other countries, such as mining facilities and ports. A map of the exports shows China's expansive influence across Asia and Africa and into Latin America ..read more
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Supporting Combat Power Projection Away from Fixed Infrastructure
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by James A. Leftwich; Bradley DeBlois; David T. Orletsky
11M ago
The authors examine the logistics and sustainment aspects of an emerging operational concept for employing a family of unmanned aerial vehicles that can be launched, recovered, and sustained with minimal reliance on runways ..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
1y ago
RAND Defense Analyst Ryan Bauer discusses the variety of developmental challenges that the Russian Su-57 fifth-generation jet has experienced, decreasing the likelihood of Russia exporting the aircraft for a number of years despite continued marketing efforts ..read more
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Where Russia Markets and Sells Advanced Conventional Weapons
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by RAND Corporation
1y ago
Russia uses arms exports to further relations with other countries, influence their political and military leaders, and further its broader foreign and defense policy goals. A series of maps show the extent of its marketing, negotiating, and sales of key weapons systems ..read more
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Assessing the Value of Intelligence Collected by U.S. Air Force Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Platforms
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by Abbie Tingstad; Dahlia Anne Goldfeld; Lance Menthe; Robert A. Guffey; Zachary Haldeman; Krista S. Langeland; Amado Cordova; Elizabeth M. Waina; Balys Gintautas
1y ago
This report presents an approach to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assessments that seeks to articulate the costs and benefits of U.S. Air Force airborne ISR in specific operational contexts ..read more
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Bomber Strike Packages with Chinese Characteristics
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by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga
1y ago
This book chapter traces the development of China's bomber strike packages and assesses how these flights support operational training for Chinese air force wartime missions ..read more
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Fighter Basing Options to Improve Access to Advanced Training Ranges
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by Bradley DeBlois; Patrick Mills; Anu Narayanan; Dara Gold; Anna Jean Wirth; John A. Ausink; Bart E. Bennett; Ronald G. McGarvey; Rahim Ali; James Syme; Russell H. Williams
2y ago
The authors explore U.S. Air Force squadron restationing and range upgrade options that can maximize access to advanced live training ranges while evaluating cost and risk measures associated with these options ..read more
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Trends in U.S. Air Force Aircraft Mishap Rates (1950--2018)
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by Thomas Light; Thomas Hamilton; Spencer Pfeifer
2y ago
The authors describe trends in U.S. Air Force aircraft mishap rates and assess the impact of such factors as aircraft age on those rates over time ..read more
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