Consolidation of MOBAGS: The Quest for Efficiency in Logistics Operations
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The Air Force has over 300,000 mobility bags designed specifically to hold Chemical Warfare Defense Equipment, commonly known as C-bags, thousands of which are deployed with Airmen at any given time. In 2004, an initiative by CENTAF CentCOM Air Force now known as AFCENT, Air Forces Central Command to cut transportation costs resulted in the stand-up of three regional centralized distribution facilities throughout the Middle East. The resultant savings of 17 million in the first year has spurred interest in consolidating and centrally distributing mobility bags from the Continental United States CONUS. This paper uses transportation costs to determine whether it makes sense to centrally locate the C-bags at one specific location, the Consolidated Mobility Bag Coordination Center CMBCC at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and distribute the bags from there when needed for deployments. Using cost data on the shipment of bags from the CMBCC to either a deployers home station or directly to the deployed location and comparing the data to the excess baggage charges currently imposed by commercial airlines, the answer appears to be negative -- that it is not more efficient, with regard to transportation costs, to distribute bags from a central facility. There are, however, many other factors to consider e.g., personnel manning, replenishment costs for expired items, and the proper determination of C-bag requirements before a decision should be made.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Protective Equipment