This paper reviews the Air Force Bare Base concept and the equipment needs to fulfill site preparation requirements. Bare Base denotes a runway, aircraft parking, and a source of potable water.
The equipment assigned to BCE for base maintenance was judged too small to do the needed site preparation work, and Red Horse heavy equipment was too heavy for air transport to locations around the globe. Economics negated development of special construction equipment.
As the program of procurement of commercial equipment developed, benefits such as commonality of parts, a worldwide distribution network, and ease of maintenance were realized, as well as elimination of development costs.
Testing and evaluation have shown that the prognosis for the equipment and concept is good and should result in improved operational capability.