An analysis of the constraints on the activation of the national defense reserve fleet in a non-mobilization contingency.
Evers, William Barton
Horton, Jerry Douglas
Sagehorn, Robert W.
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The study analyzes the problems associated with the activation of a substantial number of ships from the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), this country's sole source of reserve shipping. After a review of past NDRF contributions, a discussion of its present capability is presented. Five major areas which would serve to constrain future activation efforts are then examined, including fleet material condition and drydock availability. Next, these areas are analyzed in the context of non-mobilization scenario in an attempt to determine the response capability of the NDRF. In the final chapter, conclusions are drawn regarding the NDRF's ability to respond to a fast-breaking contingency in the foreseeable future.
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