Tue, Nov 23, 2010
Light Mobility Aircraft Basing Criteria Also Determined
Air Force officials released their criteria for basing of the
MQ-1/9 ground control stations for an Air Force Reserve Command
unit, as well as criteria to determine basing locations for the
light mobility aircraft Nov. 17.
The basing criteria for the MQ-1/9 ground control stations
include mission requirements, communications infrastructure,
Reserve component recruiting, facilities, support capacity, timing
and cost. The basing criteria for the LiMA include mission
requirements, training requirements, airspace, facilities and
infrastructure, support capacity, environmental impacts, and cost.
"The Air Force uses a deliberate, repeatable and transparent
process to address our basing needs," said Kathleen Ferguson, the
Air Force deputy assistant secretary for installations. "These
criteria will help to ensure that all aspects for basing of these
aircraft have been considered."
Once that process is complete, Air Force officials will consider
other factors that include coordination with the Air National Guard
and Reserve. This information will be used to identify candidate
bases for the MQ 1/9 ground control stations and LiMA. The release
of the candidate bases for the MQ 1/9 is expected in early 2011.
The release of the candidate bases for the LiMA is expected in
December. Based on the results of these efforts, Air Force
officials expect to announce the alternatives/preferred locations
for LiMA in the first quarter of 2011.
After the release of the candidate bases, the formal
environmental impact analysis process will begin, allowing
communities around each candidate base to participate and provide
input. Once the Environmental Impact Analysis Processes are
complete, Air Force officials will announce the final basing
decisions for the MQ-1/9 mission. This announcement is anticipated
to occur in June 2011.
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