The transition to a force oriented for one versus two major conflicts also represents an intra-theater airlift requirement
that led to our proposal to decrease the size of our strategic airlift fleet from 301 to 275 airframes.
"The current Russian military machine is designed to fight small local wars, without the need for an extensive strategic airlift requirement
Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard C-130 aircrews and maintenance professionals rotate to Muniz Air Base on a bi-weekly basis and maintain readiness for any airlift requirement
This relationship is necessary to meet a growing airlift requirement
that the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is not currently capable of fulfilling due to the size of its airlift fleet.
In the case of Australia, the heavy airlift requirement
takes the form of Phase Three of Project Air 8000, coming after the refurbishing of the C-130H and the acquisition of a light tactical airlifter.
(3) "GAO: Military 30% Short of Airlift Requirement
for War," Defense Week, December 18, 2000, 1; "Ryan: 'We Will Never Have Enough Lift' for Two Regional Wars," Aerospace Daily, June 22, 2000, 1.
(18) According to MRS--05, the 54.5 MTM/D airlift requirement
would be reached by having the Civilian Reserve Air Fleet contribute 20.5 MTM/D and the Air Force contribute the remaining 34 MTM/D.
European Aerospace and Defence Systems (EADS) offered up their new Airbus A400 as a suitable design to service both Canada's strategic and tactical airlift requirement
. It was argued that the A400 could replace the existing fleet of worn out old C-130 Hercules transports and provide a strategic lift capability (making the purchase of the "expensive" C-17s unnecessary).
This report stated, "DOD does not have sufficient airlift and air refueling capability to meet the two major theater war requirements because many aircraft needed to carry out wartime activities are not mission ready." The GAO estimated that DOD is 29 percent short of being able to meet t he established military airlift requirement
and nearly 19 percent short of being able to meet the established air refueling requirement.
Specifically, the amount of spares investment cost and airlift requirement
that could be eliminated by assuming the logistics pipeline could react more quickly than currently possible was calculated.