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Bolkcom, Christopher C.

Works: 61 works in 214 publications in 1 language and 1,787 library holdings
Roles: Author
Classifications: JK1108, 363.325170973
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Most widely held works by Christopher C Bolkcom
Tactical aircraft modernization issues for Congress by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report examines DOD's four largest tactical aircraft modernization programs. The background section provides a brief description of each program, and a discussion of how tactical aircraft fit into military air operations: the missions they typically perform and how they contrast to longer-range combat aircraft
V-22 osprey tilt-rotor aircraft by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The V-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft, capable of vertical or short take off and landing, with forward flight like a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. The MV-22 is the Marine Corps top aviation priority. Marine Corps leaders believe that the Osprey will provide them an unprecedented capability to quickly and decisively project power from well over the horizon. The Air Force's CV-22 version will be used for special operations. Army officials have testified that the service has no requirement for the V-22, but the Navy has expressed interest in purchasing MV-22s for a variety of missions. The V-22 program has been under development for over 25 years. Safety and maintenance concerns have arisen during this period (due in large part to three fatal accidents). The commander of the V-22 maintenance squadron admitted to falsifying maintenance records to make the aircraft appear more maintainable than it was, and three Marines were found guilty of misconduct. The program has maintained support from many in Congress despite these deficiencies. The program has undergone restructuring to accommodate congressional direction, budget constraints, and recommendations from outside experts, and DOD managers. After a 17 month hiatus, the Osprey embarked on its second set of flight tests in May of 2002. Tests were completed in June 2005 to the satisfaction of Navy testers, who believe that the V-22 has resolved all technical and engineering problems identified in internal and external reviews. On September 28, 2005 the V- 22 program passed a major milestone when the Defense Acquisition Board approved it for military use and full rate production. Supporters tout the V-22 s potential operational capabilities relative to the helicopters it will replace. It will fly faster, farther and with more payload than the CH-46 Sea Knight the Marine Corps currently operate
F-22 aircraft program by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The F-22 Raptor is a next-generation fighter/attack aircraft using the latest stealth technology to reduce detection by radar. Equipped with more advanced engines and avionics than the current F-15 Eagle, the F-22 is expected to maintain U.S. Air Force capabilities against more sophisticated aircraft and missiles in the 21st century."--Page 3
Joint strike fighter (JSF) program background, status, and issues by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Defense Department's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is one of three aircraft programs at the center of current debate over tactical aviation, the others being the Air Force F-22 fighter and the Navy F/A-18E/F fighter/attack plane. In November 1996, the Defense Department selected two major aerospace companies, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to demonstrate competing designs for the JSF, a joint-service and multi-role fighter/attack plane. On October 26, 2001, the Lockheed Martin team was selected to develop further and to produce a family of conventional take-off and landing (CTOL), carrier-capable (CV), and short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and the U.K. Royal Navy as well as other allied services. Originally designated the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) program, the JSF program is a major issue in Congress because of concerns about its cost and budgetary impact, effects on the defense industrial base, and implications for U.S. national security in the early 21st century."--Page [iii]
Border security (or insecurity)( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homeland security protecting airliners from terrorist missiles by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recent events have focused attention on the threat that terrorists with shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) pose to commercial airliners. Most believe that no single solution exists to effectively mitigate this threat. Instead, a menu of options may be considered, including installing infrared (IR) countermeasures on aircraft; modifying flight operations and air traffic control procedures; improving airport and regional security; and strengthening missile non-proliferation efforts. Equipping aircraft with missile countermeasure systems can protect the aircraft even when operating in areas where ground-based security measures are unavailable or infeasible to implement. However, this option has a relatively high cost, between $1 million and $3 million per aircraft, and the time needed for implementation does allow for immediate response to the existing terrorist threat. Procedural improvements such as specific flight crew training, altering air traffic procedures to minimize exposure to the threat, and improved security near airports may be less costly than countermeasures and could more immediately help deter domestic terrorist attacks. However, these techniques by themselves cannot completely mitigate the risk of domestic attacks and would not protect U.S. airliners flying to and from foreign airports. On February 5, 2003, Rep. Steve Israel and Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced legislation (H.R. 580, S. 311) calling for the installation of missile defense systems in all turbojet aircraft used in scheduled air carrier service. On March 13, 2003, during a mark-up session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Sen. Boxer offered an amendment to S. 165 that would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a 90-day study of the threat and report to Congress on recommendations for protecting airliners against shoulder fired missiles. The committee adopted Sen. Boxer's amendment and ordered S. 165 reported favorably with amendments. On March 20, 2003, the House Aviation Subcommittee held a closed hearing on the matter, after which Subcommittee Chairman John Mica indicated that options for protecting airliners against shoulder launched missiles would be further explored and funding for these initiatives would be pursued. This report will be updated as needed."
Airborne intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR) the U-2 aircraft and global hawk UAV programs by Richard A Best( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Army aviation the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter issue by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China's foreign conventional arms acquisitions background and analysis by Shirley Kan( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This CRS Report examines the major, foreign conventional weapon systems that China has acquired or has committed to acquire since 1990, with particular attention to implications for U.S. security concerns. It is not the assumption of this report that China's military, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), will engage in conflict with other forces in Asia. Nonetheless, since the mid-1990s, there has been increasing concern about China's assertiveness in Asia and military buildup against Taiwan. China has made some significant qualitative upgrades through foreign acquisitions, but it remains to be seen how these acquisitions will be expanded and linked to other PLA improvements. The operational significance of China's conventional arms acquisitions will also depend on the PLA's training to eventually
C-17 cargo aircraft program by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russian fighter aircraft industrial base parallels with the United States? by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combat aircraft sales to South Asia potential implications by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In March 2005, the Bush Administration announced a willingness to resume sales of F-16 combat aircraft to Pakistan. Potential sales to India are also being considered. These potential sales have political, military, and defense industrial base implications for the United States and the South Asia region
Military suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) assessing future needs by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suppressing enemy air defenses (SEAD) has been a central element of projecting military air power for over 50 years. However, several developments suggest that this mission is of growing importance to the Department of Defense (DOD). Some say that the emergence of new technologies and air defenses will increasingly challenge U.S. SEAD efforts. Making budgetary judgments on SEAD programs and processes requires the assessment of complex factors. This report will be updated
Air Force transformation by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many believe that the Department of Defense (DOD) - including the Air Force - must transform itself to ensure future U.S. military dominance. The Air Force has a transformation plan that includes advanced technologies, concept development, and organizational innovation. Issues for Congress include the efficacy of this plan, its feasibility, and the attendant costs. This report will be updated
Cruise missile defense by Ravi R Hichkad( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congress has expressed interest in cruise missile defense for years. Cruise missiles (CMs) are essentially unmanned attack aircraft -- vehicles composed of an airframe, propulsion system, guidance system, and weapons payload. They may possess highly complex navigation and targeting systems and thus have the capability to sustain low, terrain-hugging flight paths as well as strike with great accuracy. CMs can be launched from numerous platforms -- air-, land-, or sea-based -- and they can be outfitted with either conventional weapons or weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The Department of Defense is pursuing several initiatives that seek to improve capabilities against an unpredictable cruise missile threat. These initiatives compete for funding and congressional attention
Military helicopter modernization background and issues for Congress by Christian F. M Liles( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homeland security unmanned aerial vehicles and border surveillance by Christopher C Bolkcom( Book )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congress has expressed a great deal of interest in using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to surveil the United States' international land border. This report examines the strengths and limitations of deploying UAVs along the borders and related issues for Congress
Strategic airlift modernization analysis of C-5 modernization and C-17 acquisition issues by William Knight( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Strategic airlift has played a pivotal role in U.S. national security strategy since World War II. Since then, strategic airlift has provided timely worldwide reach for both combat and humanitarian relief operations. The Department of Defense (DOD) currently operates a mix of C-5 and C-17 aircraft. C-5s were built in two production batches, designated the C-5A and C-5B, respectively. A total of 52 C-5s are scheduled to undergo two major modification programs, after which they will be redesignated C-5M Super Galaxies; the remaining 59 C-5s will a major avionics upgrade. C-17s are currently in production, but the C-17 production line is scheduled to close unless additional orders are placed in an anticipated FY2008 supplemental appropriations bill. A major issue currently before Congress is how big should the strategic airlift fleet be. There is a consensus among policy makers that the DOD must maintain a robust and effective strategic airlift fleet. Currently, the most pressing issue is whether Congress should appropriate money for the purchase of more C-17s in anticipated FY2008 supplemental bills and, if so, for how many. A third potential issue is the optimal mix of C-5s and C-17s that Congress should fund in FY2009 and beyond."--Page [1]
Military aviation safety by Christopher C Bolkcom( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Military Airlift: C-17 Aircraft Program by Christopher C Bolkcom( )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The C-17 Globemaster III is a long-range cargo/transport aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force since 1993. Congress approved development of the aircraft in the late 1970s, when it was recognized that the Air Force did not have enough airlift capability. In 1981, the McDonnell Douglas C-17 emerged as winner of a competition with Boeing and Lockheed to develop a next-generation aircraft to replace C-130s and C-141s. Full-scale development of the C-17 got underway in 1986, but technical problems and funding shortfalls delayed the program, leading to slipped schedules and increased costs. Despite those difficulties, the C-17 has retained broad congressional support and enjoys strong Air Force and Army backing. Defense officials view the C-17 as essential because of its ability to fly long distances with large payloads yet still use smaller bases in remote areas. The C-17 first flew in 1991, about a year later than originally scheduled. Deliveries began in 1993, and initial operational capability (IOC) was declared in June of that year. C-17s have been successfully employed in military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and also in support of several humanitarian/disaster relief operations. Production problems in the late 1980s raised questions about the possibility of more cost-effective alternatives. In April 1990, Defense Secretary Cheney reduced the projected buy from 210 to 120 planes. In late 1993, the Department of Defense (DOD) gave the contractor two years to solve the production problems or face termination of the contract, with airlift shortfalls to be filled by modified commercial transport planes or existing military airlifters. By the mid-1990s, the program's difficulties had been largely resolved, although some questioned the number of C-17s to be procured. In 1996 DOD approved plans to order 80 more C-17s for a total of 120 aircraft -- increased in late 1998 to 134. In June 2001, DOD announced its decision to acquire 137 C-17s, which would bring the Air Force's million-ton-miles-per-day capability to 45.3. Through FY2006, $54.5 billion has been provided for the C-17 program, and it is expected to cost an additional $5 billion in un-requested funding to purchase 10 additional C-17 aircraft and directed DOD to fund the program in FY2008. The C-17 program is at the center of a number of airlift debates that confront policymakers. These issues include, but may not be limited to airlift needs and requirements, cost and budget, and industrial base issues
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