THE TOTAL FORCE
The United States Air Force is currently
running under a Total Force concept which creates a partnership between the
active duty components of the Air Force and the Air National Guard while also
integrating the reserves. This concept is beneficial to all of the services and
the Nation as a whole.
— Total Force enhances the utilization of equipment in our inventory1
— Assets can be distributed amongst the services which minimizes
— Provides better economical impact3
— While working in unison, currency can be
better utilized in increasing readiness
— While better utilizing current assets is a pro, the operational costs
are a con
— The operational cost of a C-130J is roughly $6,604 per hour5
— Increased readiness also comes at a price6
— The cost of personnel alone is almost half of the Defense
— The total force concept has been shown to work in deployed
— The ability to seamlessly execute several core missions
instantaneously is critical9
The Total Force concept has its pros and
cons but overall is a beneficial to the Nation.
Donna Miles. “Air Force Introduces Future Total Force Concept.”
United States Department of Defense. December 02, 2004. http://archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=24693.
4. “Air Force continues to pursue total force integration.”
U.S. Air Force. March 11, 2016.
5. Macias, Amanda. “A look into how much it costs to fly America’s
military planes per hour.” Business Insider. August 13, 2016.
“Leverage the Cost-Effective Guard.” National Guard Association of
the United States. https://www.ngaus.org/issues-advocacy/priorities-issues/leverage-cost-effective-guard.
8. “One Air Force: Deployed total force integration proves
successful in fight against ISIS.” U.S. Central Command. April 18, 2017.