Evaluation of Fleet Ownership versus Global Allocation of Ships in the Combat Logistics Force
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Military Sealift Command MSC introduced its new Dry Cargo and Ammunition Ship T-AKE in June 2006, to replace its retiring ammunition and fast combat stores supply ships. MSC seeks new ways to use T-AKEs, fleet replenishment oilers, and fast combat support ships to better support the U.S. Navy. The author evaluates two alternate ways to manage these ships, one in which each ship operates under a particular fleet ownership, and another in which the ships are globally allocated, serving any fleet customer as needed worldwide. He introduces an optimization-based scheduling tool, and uses it to evaluate an expository 181-day peacetime scenario. He tracks daily inventories of 13 battle groups --- carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups, surface strike groups, and a littoral combat ship squadron --- to gain insight into how to best employ Combat Logistics Force CLF ships. The author determines that, in this scenario, global allocation provides significantly better service to fleet customers than does fleet ownership.
- Administration and Management
- Marine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies