Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: A Methodology for Determining Air Force Deployment Requirements

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The Air Force’s transition from a threat-based to a capabilities-based planning posture suggests the need to calculate swiftly the manpower and equipment required to generate those capabilities. This book outlines just such a methodology for determining deployment requirements. The methodology employs a prototype research tool–the Strategic Tool for the Analysis of Required Transportation (START)–which generates lists of capability units required to support a user-specified operation. The appendix serves as a user’s guide to the START program.