The Indian Ocean Transportation Channels -- A Review of the Air Logistics Information Available to the End-User Supply Officer.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The main source of transportation information concerning Indian Ocean Logistics channels is contained in widely dispersed manuals and not tied together so that an end-user Supply Officer deploying to the area can understand how material is to reach him in accordance with UMMIPS standards. In addition, and explanation of the use of international air freight forwarding is even more difficult to find. This study reviews various sources of transportation information for the benefit of an end-user Supply Officer onboard a Naval vessel which may be deployed to the Indian Ocean, and who will have for knowledge of how material will reach him in accordance with established directives and the UMMIPS time standards. This thesis highlights the air logistics channels in use of the Indian Ocean with emphasis on the use of the international air freight forwarder. The authors conclusion is that Navy publications, directives, instructions, and briefings need to be updated to reflect the methods and procedures for using the air freight forwarders services and the transportation channels in use. This knowledge needs to be disseminated to the end-user Supply Officers to help them decide whether air freight forwarding will meet or exceed the UMMIPS time standards when ordering material.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies