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Master of Science

First Advisor

William A. Cunningham, III, PhD


This study evaluated the value of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program to the DoD and explored the amount that could be spent to remove potential obstacles to participation with aviation insurance and lost market share. In comparing the value of the CRAF and the cost of current incentives, it was determined that up to $1.4 million could be spent on additional incentives, annually. For multiple aircraft losses and liability claims, the Air Force would need to tap into the Defense Business Operating Fund. Therefore, a sensitivity analysis was conducted and found that for low valued aircraft, such as the DC8, the cost due to loss would exceed the cost of commercial insurance at relatively low incident rates. Thus, it may be appropriate for the DoD to absorb the cost of commercial war risk insurance for certain missions, thereby eliminating the expense resulting from a large claim. The cost due to lost market share was measured by the minimum cost required to re-enter a city pair market. At highly desirable airports, this cost is approximately $51,200 per month. However, this research found no conclusive evidence that would warrant additional monetary incentives to reduce the risk of lost market share.

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

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