Accession Number : AD1026715

Title :   Optimization of Marine Forces Reserve Equipment Redistribution

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Martinez,Nicolas L

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : This research creates the Marine Corps Equipment Redistribution Model (MCERM). MCERM is a mathematical optimization model that can be used as a decision-support prototype to guide Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) in planning asset redistribution to satisfy subordinate units training and equipping requirements. MCERM implements a mixed-integer, linear program that selects sets of equipment transfers between units in order to raise overall readiness for priority units. MCERM optimally minimizes both (a) a function of transit distance and equipment size to transfer equipment to a unit (used as a surrogate for actual transfer cost), and (b) inventory shortages. MCERM allows planners to influence recommended transfers by (a) placing a weighted penalty on transfers that cross between commands, and (b) increasing the shortage penalty over the transfer penalty. It also enables the use of substitute equipmentat an additional penalty. A realistic test case analyzes all equipment to unit ownerships reported by MARFORRES on April 22, 2016. From the results, MCERMs recommended transfers decreased the overall shortage penalty by a large margin while incurring a relatively low transfer penalty. This prototype enables planners to review the entire MARFORRES equipment redistribution problem, select optimized solutions, and perform fast sensitivity analysis on the competing objectives.

Descriptors :   optimization , marine corps equipment , marine corps , military reserves , logistics , supplies , military equipment , operational readiness , inventory , theses , mathematical models , decision support systems

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE