Accession Number:

ADA460029

Title:

Reverse Logistics: Has the Implementation of Reverse Logistics Met the Objectives of Air Mobility Command

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

95.0

Abstract:

The concept of reverse logistics is an important part of any supply chain in which the military participates. Air Mobility Command AMC plays an integral role in this process by providing transportation assets for support. This research paper represents an in-depth look at the AMC reverse logistics process to see if its implementation is meeting its intended objectives. Specifically, it focuses on what the goals and objectives of AMCs reverse logistics program are, and in what situations they fell short of their intentions. It also addresses improvement areas by applying two civilian models to the program. The researched areas revealed the AMC reverse logistics process has not met its objectives for several reasons. Internally, funding and software issues have halted the program. Externally, the non-inclusion of other armed services into the initial strategy has not given the program the correct environment in which it is supposed to function. The whole idea of the Strategic Distribution Management Initiative and the transformation movement of the logistics world is to operate under one standardized and common supply chain which will allow joint logistics movement in both peace and war. AMCs program, while supporting certain Air Force assets, has not expanded its scope to incorporate the entire DoD. The AMC reverse logistics program has limited written guidance and AMC is facing issues right now which are hindering its progress. By reviewing and analyzing the data, weaknesses of the program have been identified for future process refinement.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE