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Accession Number ADA565048
Title SpaceCRAF: A Civil Reserve Air Fleet for Space-Based Capabilities.
Publication Date May 2011
Media Count 32p
Personal Author D. C. Arnold
Abstract To increase flexibility in the uncertain international environment that lies ahead, the Department of Defense (DoD) must shift how it uses space to support warfighter needs from buying space systems to buying space-based capabilities. U.S. Government (USG) failure to meet warfighters' space-based requirements exposes risks in the years ahead, necessitating a new USG approach based on the Civil Reserve Air Fleet system for presenting space-based capability. Any new method must reduce costs and inefficiencies, forge closer relationships with commercial space providers, and in doing so decrease costs, increase agility, sustain the space industrial base, and enhance deterrence. A unique and significant part of the nation's air mobility resources is the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). Selected aircraft from U.S. airlines, which are contractually committed to the CRAF program, augment DoD airlift requirements in emergencies. A similar program could be developed to implement significant portions of the President's Space policy for DoD's space requirements. This program could reduce dependence on the spot market for communications purchases, the government's addiction to exquisite technologies, and the government's need for access to spacelift.
Keywords Artificial satellites
Civil reserve air fleet system
Commercial equipment
Commercial space capabilities
Commercial space sector
Commercial space services
Commercial space systems
Commercial spacecraft
Contracted services
Cost effectiveness
Cost reduction
Department of defense
International cooperation
International relations
Inventive acquisition
Military capabilities
Military procurement
Military requirements
National space policy
Nontraditional acquisition
Political alliances
Public-private partnerships
Space based
Space requirements
Space systems
Space-based capabilities

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 96 - Business & Economics
74 - Military Sciences
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
84G - Unmanned Spacecraft
Corporate Author Army War Coll., Carlisle Barracks, PA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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