Accession Number:

ADA141148

Title:

Optimizing Force Deployment and Force Structure for the Rapid Deployment Force

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

157.0

Abstract:

This paper describes a goal programming approach to modeling the rapid deployment of combat units which offers decisive advantages over any current methodology. It accounts for both intertheater and intratheater airlift, and can be used to optimally plan movement schedules for predetermined forces or optimally choose and move a force from a list of available units and airlift resources to meet specified goals. Both methods are demonstrated, showing that the goal programming model minimizes wasted resources and accomplishes desired goal both faster and more exactly than the current interservice operating system. The model developed for demonstration uses 212 variables and 136 separate equations. In addition, a flexible response surface methodology is used to generate a full parametric sensitivity analysis, resulting in the reduction of a fully computerized and intricate large scale programming model to an equation programmable on a hand-held calculator, with minimal error. A demonstration is presented comparing relative advantages of C-5 and C-17 aircraft procurement, in a proposed addition of 50 aircraft to the current airlift fleet, with simultaneously varying airport capacities and deployment distances.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Operations Research
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE