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A PATH ENUMERATION REFORMULATION OF THE SCHEDULE MIXED INTEGER PROGRAM SUPPORTING EXPEDITIONARY ADVANCED BASE OPERATIONS.

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Authors
Mirsch, Andrew M.
Subjects
modeling
network flows
distribution
expeditionary advanced base operations
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Carlyle, W. Matthew
Craparo, Emily M.
Date of Issue
2022-06
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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The U.S. Marine Corps needs an accurate model for analyzing its logistical needs in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). EABO is a doctrinal method used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps for denying adversary forces access to the maritime global commons. Deployment and sustainment of forces engaged in EABO requires a distribution network supported by various surface and airborne connector platforms of differing capacity and speed. The Marine Corps currently has a model for analyzing its distribution networks in support of EABO, the Schedule Mixed Integer Program (S-MIP). However, the computational difficulty of S-MIP limits its usefulness in large-scale experiments. This thesis describes a path enumeration-based reformulation known as the Path Enumeration Mixed-Integer Program (PE-MIP). PE-MIP is designed to provide a less computationally difficult model than the antecedent model S-MIP. We compare the runtime of PE-MIP and the quality of its solutions with that of S-MIP model and find that PE-MIP provides faster and superior results to S-MIP. The application of PE-MIP by the research sponsor will further inform current Marine Corps and Navy operational plans, acquisition, and force structure decisions.
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Operations Research (OR)
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Operational Analysis Directorate, USMC, QUANTICO, VA, 22134
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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