Christopher Jackson, transportation partner who specialises in aviation at global law firm Reed Smith, explains the implications for airlines participating in CRAF – the program that enables the US military to compel contracting airlines to make their aircraft available to support operational requirements in times of crisis. On 22 August 2021, the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, ordered the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOMM) to activate Stage 1 of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) in order to support the ongoing evacuation efforts out of Afghanistan. CRAF is a program that enables the US military to compel contracting airlines to
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