Strategic Consolidation of Medical War Reserve Material (WRM) Equipment Unit Type Code (UTC) Assemblages
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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This thesis analyzes the strategic consolidation of medical WRM equipment UTC assemblages located within the contiguous United States. Following a 2003 consolidation assessment, the Air Force Medical Logistics Office AFMLO consolidated some of the medical UTCs at three Consolidated WRM Storage and Deployment Centers CSDC located at Kelly Field Annex, Travis AFB, and Charleston AFB. While many UTCs were consolidated at that time, currently only 17 of the possible 142 equipment UTC assemblages are entirely consolidated at one of those three locations. After adding three additional bases as possible consolidation locations, this study attempts to minimize the cost of full consolidation and discusses the benefits and limitations of consolidation. Using a linear programming model designed to minimize the one-time transportation cost of consolidation, this study calculates the minimal cost based on three separate scenarios single base, dual base, and multi base consolidation, each with unique constraints and risk factors to consider. In addition to providing the final consolidation locations and the transportation cost associated with that solution, the exact movement of each UTC from every base of origin to consolidation destination is generated as well.
- Operations Research
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies