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OPTIMAL PREPOSITIONING SITES IN THE CONTESTED ENVIRONMENT

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Authors
Beebe, Timmothy
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prepositioning
contested environment
Marine Corps Prepositioning Network
MCPN
expeditionary advanced bases
EAB
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Seagren, Chad W.
Apte, Aruna U.
Date of Issue
2023-03
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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The United States military has had the privilege to operate and conduct logistics uncontested on a global scale for several decades. The ascent of China as a near-peer competitor as well as the country’s exponential investments in its military and expansion of its contact layer has caused intense analysis and reassessment of logistics in a contested environment. As a result, the Commandant of the Marine Corps issued his guidance on Force Design 2030 (FD2030) to meet this challenge. Additionally, he issued guidance for the Marine Corps Prepositioning Network (MCPN) to be tailored to better support FD2030. The purpose of this research is to explore how the Marine Corps can assess and improve the prepositioning network as the Marine Corps reorganizes and tailors MCPN to support FD2030. This research uses a facility location model as a framework to identify the optimum locations to preposition assets. Since the locations of future expeditionary advanced bases (EAB) are unknown, we generate three sets of EAB locations and measure the distance between the proposed preposition sites to count as cost. The results of the model are determined in a series of scenarios and captured for follow-on analysis. This research recommends the optimum locations to prepositions assets while minimizing distance between randomly generated EAB sets within the contested areas.
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Department of Defense Management (DDM)
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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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