STR has been supporting the Office of Long Range Planning within the Headquarters, United States Air Force (USAF) since 2000. In particular, STR developed and continues to modify and enhance the Enhanced Tradespace Tool (ETT) for the USAF Directorate of Strategic Planning (AF/ASX). In addition, STR has developed a complete suite of Microsoft Office add-ins that (1) allow the AF to manage the distribution and use of the toolset, (2) manage data that moves between third party sources and the ETT tool, and (3) analyze options for a mix of weapons system that comprises the set of capabilities that the AF has now and plans to have in the future.
(AF/ASX) is responsible for developing strategies, concepts, and plans for all future AF activities, with special emphasis on long-range strategic planning as an input to AF programming activities. STR provides AF/ASX with technical and analytical enhancement and support for the ETT. ETT enables AF leaders to see and understand how the decisions of today affect future budgets, forces, personnel, and capabilities.
ETT Is capable of generating and projecting a baseline force by using detailed budget data at the Program Element (PE) level, inventory asset characteristics, and a set of cost projection algorithms. ETT accomplishes this by aggregating the detailed PE data at the level of Air Force Key Capability Assets (AFKCAs). The result is a budget projection through the next 30 years or beyond which shows the total Air Force budget and the budget for any key asset in the Air Force.
In addition to the ability to generate budget projections and Inventory streams, ETT has a series of capability models attached to it. These models use the data from ETT for both the baseline force and any alternative to generate measures such as total tanker offload capacity for the tanker fleet, million ton-miles delivered for strategic airlift, and size of the enemy threat that can be defeated for the entire force.
These models also provide Information on balance (are the number of fighters, bombers, airlift, and tankers in balance with each other) and the impact of changing crew ratios, mission length, and maximum flying hours.