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Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) is a viable alternative to Combat Logistics Support Squadrons (CLSSs) for providing F-22 Aircraft Battle Damage Repair (ABDR). Legalities, practicalities, and cost-effectiveness were key ownership concerns. United States Code, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Defense (DoD), and United States Air Force (USAF) requirements were reviewed to address legal and policy issues and whether F-22 ABDR is military essential. The Army's Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOCCAP) award fee history was used to assess the potential performance of F-22 ABDR CLS personnel. F-117 ABDR team requirements and costs were used to estimate F-22 CLSS costs. Results show DoD must decide if F-22 ABDR is a core logistics function and the USAF must determine F-22 ABDR requirements before outsourcing legality is clear. However, DoD civilian reliance continues today, and LOGCAP experiences attest that contractors consistently meet or exceed all clearly stated requirements. Analysis found that CLSS will provide higher combat readiness; although, CLS may provide slightly less combat readiness, but for potentially less cost. A dual approach, using a mixture of CLSS and CLS, could provide the most effective capability in terms of both combat readiness and cost.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology