Environment changes will demand more C-17s. The continued overseas drawdown will reduce critical airlift support infrastructure.
U.S. stationed forces and equipment will deploy as integral units and change the current environment.
More agile, lethal and expeditionary air-transportable units will be necessary, changing the current environment.
Sustainment sorties to support long-term GWOT commitments will be needed, changing the current environment.
AFRICOM, characterized by tyranny of distance, will require long-range airlifters with austere airfield capability.
The C-17 is ready to meet the challenges ahead.