Mitre: Air Force Should Expand Bases, Raise Aircraft Mission-Capable Rates to 80%

A new Mitre study says the U.S. Air Force should expand four additional bases in the Pacific to accommodate operations of up to 24 bombers and 18 tankers as well as procure and field “large magazines of long-range standoff weapons” to counter anti-access/area denial threats, the Air Force Magazine reported Thursday.

Mitre’s inventory study calls for the service branch to maintain 80 percent or higher mission capable rates across aircraft fleets and ramp up F-35A procurements.

“USAF should purchase F-35As at least in the quantities laid out in the fiscal 2019 budget and up to 54 aircraft per year,” according to the report.

Other recommendations in the report are buying approximately 400 F/T-X aircraft for 15 squadrons in support of the homeland defense mission; accelerating T-X trainer purchases; procuring new versions of F-15 to replace older variants; and retiring the T-1 trainer aircraft.

The report noted that increasing aircraft’s mission capable rates to 80 percent, reforming basing and acquiring new systems will cost approximately $673.2B through 2030, reflecting a “10% increase over the Air Force’s aircraft-only planning baseline of $612.6B during the same period.”

You may also be interested in...

Jay Lambke President GAI

Government Acquisitions Obtains SBA HUBZone Program Certification; Jay Lambke Quoted

Cincinnati, Ohio-based company Government Acquisitions Inc. has been accredited by the Small Business Administration under a program that seeks to provide economic benefits to government contractors from historically underutilized business zones.

Satellite launch

SpaceX Launches Satellite for Multinational Ocean Observation Effort

SpaceX has sent to space a satellite designed to monitor sea levels across the globe under a U.S.-U.K. partnership. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a mission to collect sea level data, support ship navigation and inform weather forecasts, NASA said Sunday.


KBR Gets $65M Navy Contract Modification for Base Support Services

KBR has received a one-year, $64.8M contract modification to carry out base operating support services at various U.S. Navy installations in Djibouti and Kenya.