RAND Arroyo Center Research Note. Improved Inventory Policy Contributes to Equipment Readiness
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
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When Army equipment fails, the speed with which maintainers can restore it to mission-ready condition depends critically on the availability of needed spare parts. As Army inventory managers decide which spare parts to stock in their deployable Supply Support Activities SSAs, they must balance performance goals against cost and mobility constraints. On the one hand, a massive inventory could potentially fill a large proportion of customer demands on the other hand, the cost and mobility constraints of such an inventory would be prohibitive. To manage the tradeoff, the Army has used an algorithm that tracks customer demands in order to compute which items and how many of each to stock.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies