A FIRST APPROACH TO LOGISTICS SYSTEM SIMULATION,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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To help reduce the difficulties between invention and implementation, RAND has established a Logistics Systems Laboratory with Air Force support. This laboratory is intended to test and develop improved logistics policies by providing realistic environments in which these new concepts must function. Such experiments are intended to provide information on the data flow systems, organizational changes, and other system effects that would be required to use the proposed policy. In this way, it is hoped that the implementation of such proposals can be accelerated. In this paper, some of the early work of the Logistics Systems Laboratory is presented. A simulation of an Air Force logistics system is described. This system is concerned with providing spare parts to several bases at which aircraft are flown and maintained. This first exercise of the laboratory was intended primarily to give information about the problems of laboratory simulation.