A U.S. F-15E fighter plane approaches a U.S. KC-135 tanker plane to be refueled in the air as they fly somewhere over southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border March 6.

Paper | Federal Executive Fellows Policy Papers

Addressing Air Power Reach, Persistence and Fueling Limitations for Contested and Permissive Air Operations

September 30, 2014, Gregory Knepper

U.S. air power faces deep constraints in two divergent areas: range limits in contested airspace and persistence limits in permissive airspace. Gregory Knepper writes that while the issues of fuel and refueling have not received as much attention as the growth of advanced threats to air assets, their combination threatens to undercut the effectiveness of future air operations and access to potentially denied airspace.

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