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Author Snyder, Don, 1962-

Title Sustaining the U.S. Air Force nuclear mission / Don Snyder, Sarah Nowak, Mahyar A. Amouzegar, Julie Kim, Richard Mesic.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, [2013]


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 22 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
text file PDF rda
Series RAND Corporation technical report series ; TR1240
Technical report (Rand Corporation) ; TR1240.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 21-22).
Contents A mission-based view of sustainment -- Budgetary constraints -- Scope ; what is unique about the nuclear enterprise? -- Approach and perspective -- The framework -- The nuclear system of systems -- An integrated view -- Challenges and policy options to meet them -- System-level sustainment plans -- Nuclear command, control, and communications -- Other system-level sustainment plans -- An Air Force nuclear architecture and mission sustainment plan -- Improved interagency coordination and advocacy -- Maintaining human capital -- Metrics -- Summary.
Summary The United States' nuclear deterrence is no more effective than its ability to carry out nuclear operations and other states' perceptions of this ability. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has prioritized the reinvigoration and strengthening of its nuclear enterprise. However, there are inherent challenges to sustaining the capabilities of nuclear systems of systems. Perhaps the most pressing challenge currently facing the Air Force nuclear enterprise is sustaining the mission in the face of budgetary constraints. This report proposes possibilities for addressing this challenge. Coordination is key to this approach. Individual platforms must work together seamlessly for the nuclear system of systems to perform successfully. Any slippage in one system may cause schedule delays and increased costs for all other systems working in concert. This report outlines a double-layered framework for managing nuclear sustainment. This framework consists first of a set of sustainment plans for each system that follow a common format. The second layer, an overarching Air Force Nuclear Architecture and Mission Sustainment Plan, pulls together salient information from the individual, system-level plans to compile a master schedule for long-term mission sustainment. This framework should strengthen future nuclear deterrence capabilities through better planning and programming for the sustainment of these missions in the present.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed Aug. 1, 2013).
Funding The research described in this report was sponsored by the United States Air Force under Contract FA7014-06-C-0001.
Language English.
Subject United States. Air Force -- Operational readiness.
United States. Air Force -- Planning.
United States. Air Force. (OCoLC)fst00538280
Weapons systems -- United States -- Maintenance and repair.
Nuclear weapons -- United States.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- Arms Control.
Armed Forces -- Operational readiness. (OCoLC)fst01351844
Armed Forces -- Planning. (OCoLC)fst01351851
Nuclear weapons. (OCoLC)fst01040971
Weapons systems -- Maintenance and repair. (OCoLC)fst01173057
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Military & Naval Science.
Law, Politics & Government.
Air Forces.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Project Air Force (U.S.)
Rand Corporation.
ISBN 9780833083548 (electronic bk.)
0833083546 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000061154015
GBVCP 1008659169

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