Overview and Analysis of the U.S. Navy Elevated Causeway System
TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN
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For the past few years, the Navy and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command have endeavored to adopt and implement the tenets of the Total Quality Management theory called Total Quality Leadership by the Navy into its functions and operations. Central to this theory is the idea that the people within the organization should make constant efforts to improve the quality of how that organization operates. To that end, the following report is an evaluation of the ELCAS system and provides recommendations for future resolution of existing problems. Prior to coming to the University of Texas, the author was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of the Elevated Causeway ELCAS team at Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO ACB-2 in Little Creek, Virginia for a complete listing of acronyms see appendix D. ELCAS is a temporary pier facility used to transfer containerized cargo and equipment ashore during the follow-on phases of an amphibious assault. The existing ELCAS system was introduced in the late 1970s and is nearing the end of its useful life due to structural deterioration. This problem became clearly evident during some of the planning for a possible amphibious assault on Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
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