Accession Number:

ADA614339

Title:

Multicriteria Cost Assessment and Logistics Modeling for Military Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Aerial Delivery Operations

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Mar-Aug 2014

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

Report Date:

2015-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

76.0

Abstract:

Given that it is not always feasible to reach an affected area via land or sea within the first week following a natural disaster, aerial delivery provides the primary means to rapidly supply the affected population. When direct airdrop systems are used to deliver large quantities of individually wrapped food and water items, dispersion among the affected disaster relief population will occur more quickly. In this project, we proffer a multiple criteria decision analysis MCDA framework to optimize the military humanitarian assistancedisaster relief HADR aerial delivery supply chain network. The model uses stochastic, mixed-integer, weighted goal programming to optimize network design, logistics costs, staging locations, procurement amounts, and inventory levels. The MCDA framework enables decision makers to explore the trade-offs between military HADR aerial delivery supply chain efficiency and responsiveness while optimizing across a wide range of real-world probabilistic scenarios to account for the inherent uncertainty in the location of global humanitarian disasters as well as the amount of demand to be met.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Operations Research
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE