Accession Number : ADA614339


Title :   Multicriteria Cost Assessment and Logistics Modeling for Military Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Aerial Delivery Operations


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Mar-Aug 2014


Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE


Personal Author(s) : Bastian, Nathaniel ; Griffin, Paul ; Spero, Eric ; Fulton, Lawrence


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a614339.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 76


Abstract : Given that it is not always feasible to reach an affected area via land or sea within the first week following a natural disaster, aerial delivery provides the primary means to rapidly supply the affected population. When direct airdrop systems are used to deliver large quantities of individually wrapped food and water items, dispersion among the affected disaster relief population will occur more quickly. In this project, we proffer a multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA) framework to optimize the military humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) aerial delivery supply chain network. The model uses stochastic, mixed-integer, weighted goal programming to optimize network design, logistics costs, staging locations, procurement amounts, and inventory levels. The MCDA framework enables decision makers to explore the trade-offs between military HA/DR aerial delivery supply chain efficiency and responsiveness while optimizing across a wide range of real-world probabilistic scenarios to account for the inherent uncertainty in the location of global humanitarian disasters as well as the amount of demand to be met.


Descriptors :   *AIR DROP OPERATIONS , *COST ANALYSIS , *DECISION MAKING , *HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , *LOGISTICS , *MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING , INVENTORY , MILITARY PROCUREMENT , MODELS , OPTIMIZATION , PLANNING , SCENARIOS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Operations Research
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE