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Strategic Airlift: Further Air Base Reductions in Europe Could Jeopardize
Capability (Letter Report, 06/02/94, GAO/NSIAD-94-138).

Over the past several years, U.S. airlift operations at several air
bases in Europe have either been closed or curtailed. As of March 1994,
operational capabilities at the six key air bases in Europe that would
best support airlift aircraft headed for the Middle East are just enough
to meet the mobility requirements spelled out in the Mobility
Requirements Study. GAO concludes that ending airlift operations at any
of the six European air bases would increase the risk that U.S. troops
or cargo destined for a Middle East crisis would arrive too late;
further, the Air Force would have to resort to riskier practices, such
as aerial refueling and emergency base construction.

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 REPORTNUM:  NSIAD-94-138
     TITLE:  Strategic Airlift: Further Air Base Reductions in Europe 
             Could Jeopardize Capability
      DATE:  06/02/94
   SUBJECT:  Defense contingency planning
             Military airlift operations
             Combat readiness
             Strategic mobility forces
             Air Force bases
             Airlift services
             Logistics
             Budget cuts
             Reductions in force
             Defense capabilities
IDENTIFIER:  C-5 Aircraft
             C-141 Aircraft
             DOD Mobility Requirements Study
             Middle East
             Europe
             Germany
             Spain
             Persian Gulf War
             KC-10 Aircraft
             KC-135 Aircraft
             
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