Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: Analysis of Maintenance Forward Support Location Operations

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This study examines a reconfiguration of the current U.S. Air Force support system that would implement maintenance forward support locations to consolidate intermediate maintenance near the theater of operations. Such locations are known as Centralized Intermediate Repair Facilities, or CIRFs. The report recommends that the Air Force explore the use of CIRFs outside of the United States as well as within, establish an Operational Support Center at each Major Command, and centralize “ownership” of engines and pods.