Logistics Planning for Coalition Command and Control
Final rept., Jun 2004-Dec 2005
NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURE AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIV GREENSBORO NC CENTER FOR HUMAN MACHINE STUDIES
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Logistics constitutes a very complex reality that requires a high level of coordination among many different entities. In the military coalition logistics planning environment this problem is amplified because of the differences in command and control C2 of the participating coalition members. This project develops a decision Support model for the military coalition logistics problem. As a short-term goal, this project result can be used to provide a proof-of-concept decision model for shared logistics asset deployment and allocation to achieve a single mission. As a long-term goal, the thesis will demonstrate the capability to use a decision support system DSS for logistics process management through a simplified constructive simulation. The proposed model is constructive in that it is parameter driven, reflecting the users perception of the logistics needs and the likelihood that the resource contribution input to the system will lead to the intended goal. The DSS developed is known as COLOPS - an acronym for Coalition Logistics Planning System. The COLOPS model can model the costs associated with the coalition effort. The cost can be the tangible and intangibles logistics costs that are often considered in military transportation and logistics. In the present COLOPS version, we concentrate on planning of coalition resource donations, due dates, cost of late delivery, resource reliability as accounted for by attrition, and coalition readiness and nervous metrics. Future extensions should consider optimizing the logistics throughput by considering maintenance costs and the possibility that coalition members can withdraw their support during a mission.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Command, Control and Communications Systems