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Statement on completion of Mobility Capability Requirements Study 2020

Mobility Capability Requirements Study directed by National Defense Authorization Act is complete.

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (June 30, 2021) -- U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) briefed members of the House Armed Services Committee on the results of the Mobility Capability Requirements Study 2020 (MCRS-20). The classified study, directed in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, provides a comprehensive assessment of current and future mobility requirements necessary to satisfy the demands of the National Defense Strategy and project and sustain the Joint Force on a global scale.

MCRS-20 evaluated the command’s ability to perform core missions (strategic sealift, strategic airlift, theater airlift, air refueling) against the latest intelligence estimates, wartime demands, and emerging Joint and Service concepts in contested environment scenarios. The study also analyzed additional mobility categories, including Aeromedical Evacuation, and airfield and seaport enablers.

“Our analysis goes beyond the mobility platforms and integrates key warfighting functions, current wartime demands, and future concepts entailing maneuver and distributed operations,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander of USTRANSCOM. “We also assessed our adversaries’ capabilities and intent, and our ability to operate in a contested environment. We’ve advanced significantly in our analytic framework.”

MCRS-20 integrated the warfighting framework of the mobility enterprise (the global network of airfields, seaports and surface routes; commercial providers, military capacity and global command and control) with warfighting functions (like intelligence, fires and protection). This enabled a thorough analysis of kinetic and non-kinetic effects and threats that can disrupt, delay or deny mobility enterprise operations, distributed logistics, and sustainment.

This study captures the effects of contested logistics and persistent multi-domain attack and quantifies those effects in a range of risk outcomes, which indicate not only what capabilities and requirements are necessary, but also where efforts to build resilient logistics should be focused.

While MCRS-20 is complete, USTRANSCOM will continue to assess the ability to project and sustain the Joint Force in the context of the strategic environment and priority wartime missions.



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