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Mobilizing Marine Corps Officers

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Bausch, Dan O.
Brown, Gerald G.
Hundley, Danny
Rapp, Stephen
Rosenthal, Richard E.
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1991
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July - August 1991
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The ability to rapidly mobilize the Marine Corps in times of crisis is a cornerstone of United States defense strategy. To mobilize rapidly, the marines need an efficient system for assigning officers to mobilization billets. The system we designed and built is based on a network optimization algorithm that works in conjunction with carefully designed and scrupulously maintained Marine Corps data bases. It takes less than 10 minutes based on a 386-based personal computer to complete a mobilization involving 40,000 officers and 27,000 billets and to produce output suitable for generating orders to report via MAILGRAM. Prior to our work, the Marine Corps had a mainframe-based system that took two to four days to complete a mobilization. The new system is not only much faster than the old system, but it also produces significantly better assignments with respect to all measures of effectiveness considered.
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Interfaces, 21, pp. 26-38 (1989 Koopman Award winner).
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Operations Research (OR)
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Bausch, D., Brown, G.G., Hundley, D., Rapp, S., and Rosenthal, R.E., 1991, “Mobilizing Marine Corps Officers,” Interfaces, 21, pp. 26-38 (1989 Koopman Award winner).
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