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THE AUTOMATED MATERIALS HANDLING SUPPORT SYSTEM (463L). A MODERN CARGO SYSTEM FOR THE MILITARY AIR TRANSPORT SERVICE.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Air cargo transportation has assumed a major role in the defense readiness posture of the United States military service since World War II. The airlift of cargo outside the continental limits of the United States is provided by the Air Forces Military Air Transport Service MATS for all of the military services. MATS cargo services were recently modernized by introduction of an automated materials handling system labeled the Materials Handling Support System 463L. The evolution of this system in MATS is discussed from inception through performance evaluation, encompassing the areas of equipment identification, implementation and operational policies and procedures. The effect of the 463L System on Naval Logistics Support is evaluated by synopsizing reports and assessments emanating from Navy officials involved in transportation management and air cargo functions. Author