Preface and Acknowledgments
This study was requested by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command to identify opportunities to address the impact of rapidly increasing aircraft fuel costs. The committee sincerely hopes that this report the culmination of an extremely focused effort on a short schedule—will enable the Air Force to make informed decisions on improving fuel efficiency for the large nonfighter aircraft inventory. We applaud the committee members for their commitment and diligence, which enabled us to complete the task successfully.
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:
James L. Bettner, Propulsion Consultant
Pierre Chao, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Lawrence J. Delaney, Private Consultant
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Jack L. Kerrebrock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James O’Connor, Pratt & Whitney (retired)
Frank Pickering, GE Aircraft Engines (retired)
Charles F. Tiffany, The Boeing Company (retired)
Robert C. Turnbull, T.K. Engineering Associates, Inc.
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by William G. Agnew, General Motors (retired), NAE. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
The committee acknowledges and appreciates the contribution of the members of the Air Force Studies Board (AFSB) of the NRC for developing the study statement of task in concert with the Air Force sponsor. The AFSB was established in 1996 by the National Academies at the request of the United States Air Force. The AFSB brings to bear broad military, industrial, and academic scientific, engineering, and management expertise on Air Force technical challenges and other issues of importance to senior Air Force leaders.
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The board discusses potential studies of interest, develops and frames study tasks, ensures proper project planning, suggests potential committee members and reviewers for reports produced by fully independent ad hoc study committees, and convenes meetings to examine strategic issues. The board members listed on page vi were not asked to endorse the committee’s conclusions or recommendations, nor did they review the final draft of this report before its release, although board members with appropriate expertise may be nominated to serve as formal members of study committees or as report reviewers.
The committee is very grateful to the Air Force for its dedicated support throughout the study and for the efforts of National Research Council staff members Michael Clarke, Jim Garcia, Daniel Talmage, Carter Ford, Marta Vornbrock, Detra Bodrick-Shorter, LaNita Jones, LaShawn Sidbury, Bill Campbell, Lindsay Millard, and Dionna Ali.