Future aircraft carrier options / Bradley Martin, Michael E. McMahon.
- Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation, 
- Research report (Rand Corporation)
Research report ; no. 2006
xxiii, 87 pages ; 23 cm.
- United States. Navy -- Management.
Aircraft carriers -- United States -- Planning.
Sea-power -- United States.
- "Although the integrated carrier air wing is the actual component of sea-based tactical aviation delivering warfighting capability for power projection, the individual air wings require aviation support for launch and recovery at tactical distances, fuel and flight crew replenishment, maintenance, and other sustainment. The aircraft carrier and embarked crew provide this support. Some are concerned that continuing the current carrier program imposes high acquisition cost and might unduly affect the whole of the Navy shipbuilding budget. The Senate Armed Services Committee noted that alternatives could be developed for less cost and potentially with sufficient capability. This led to a request for the Navy to examine lower-cost alternatives. This report is a shorter version of a classified, restricted-distribution report provided to the Navy in July 2016. Neither report is of a formal analysis of alternatives or detailed engineering study, nor is either a requirement document. It is an exploration of possible alternatives for further consideration to potentially replace the legacy force as it begins reaching expected service life in decades to come. The variants analyzed are possible alternatives and do not represent recommendations for a specific future course of action"--Publisher's description.
Figures and Tables
1. Introduction: Background
Key Tasks and Assumptions
Approach and Methodology
Organization of This Report
2. Operational Requirements: Introduction and Background
Unique Features of Sea-Based Tactical Aviation
Carrier Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing Requirements
What the Aircraft Carrier Force Must Be Able to Do
Derived Requirements for a Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
3. Aircraft Carrier Variants Considered: CVN 8X
4. Assessing Operational Impact of Carrier Concept Variants: Assessing Operational Impact
Comparing the Variants
Operational Impact Conclusions
5. Platform Comparison Cost: CVN 8X
Long-Range Cost Summary
6. Conclusions: Capability Conclusions for Concept Variants Examined
Cost Conclusions for Concept Variants Examined
APPENDIXES: A. U.S. Navy Forwarding Letters
B. Details of the Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Mission-Essential Task List and Deployment Preparation
C. Aircraft and Seacraft Mentioned
- "Prepared for the United States Navy."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 85-87).
- McMahon, Michael E., author.
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
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