Master of Business Administration (MBA) Professional Reports

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    Downstream benefits of energy management systems
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2015-12) Vermeychuk, Theodore J.; Dew, Nick; Regnier, Eva; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP); Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
    This report examines the downstream benefits of energy management systems (EMS) at Department of Defense (DOD) installations. The DOD has mandated thorough energy metering at shore installations, but EMSs are not widespread within the DOD. Four DOD installations with EMSs serve as individual case studies in a multiple-case study analysis. This report identifies three categories of downstream benefits associated with EMSs: addressing errors that cause energy waste, identifying wasteful buildings on an installation, and identifying valuable follow-on investments. Much of the value associated with EMSs is in analyzing the data provided, and future improvements in EMS data analysis will likely yield additional benefits.
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    (Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School, 2023-06) Tajudeen, Ismail O.; Williamson, Jacob P.; Arnott, Matthew M.; Hernandez, Alejandro S.; Ferrer, Geraldo; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Department of Defense Management (DDM); Department of Defense Management (DDM); Department of Defense Management (DDM)
    With the emergence of China as a competitor for global dominance, the United States has adopted new military concepts such as Expeditionary Advanced Based Operations (EABO), Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO), and Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) to counter Chinese aggression in the INDOPACOM AOR. As a result, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) created Marine Littoral Regiments (MLRs). This study analyzed the employment of Light Amphibious Warships (LAWs), Next Generation Logistics Ships (NGLSs), and the potential logistical and readiness benefits of adopting a JP-5 Single Fuel Concept (SFC) to support a MLR operating in a contested environment. A scenario involving a MLR operating with United States Navy (USN) ships in a contested environment in INDOPACOM was applied to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) developed Replenishment at Sea Planner (RASP) model. From RASP, the authors determined the best number of LAWs and NGLSs to support the MLR under a dual fuel concept and an optimized support schedule. The team ingested these results into the NPS developed Fuel Usage Study Extended Demonstration (FUSED) model to examine the potential benefits and efficiencies gained by switching from a dual fuel concept to a JP-5 SFC. This study determined, through experimentation, the most successful combination of future platforms to support a MLR operating in a contested environment over a thirty-day span and quantified the benefits of adopting a JP-5 SFC.
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    National security mission, members and budgeting in the United States and Australia: a comparative analysis
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2011-06) Washburn, Hunter D.; Brook, Douglas A.; Aten, Kathryn J.; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
    This thesis conducts a comparative analysis of the national security mission, members and budget processes of Australia and United States. This paper explores the Australian model with emphasis on its whole-of-government approach to public management and determines its relevance to national security in the United States.
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    Feasibility of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Item Unique Identification (IUID) in the Marine Corps Small Arms Weapons Tracking System
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2008-12) Harris, Rico R.; Wright, Luke R.; Locklar, Dale F.; Ferrer, Geraldo; Heath, Susan; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Naval Postgraduate School
    The purpose of this MBA project is to determine how effective the use of RFID and IUID can be in Marine Corps armories based on operating procedures, support of key organizations within the Departments of the Navy and the Marine Corps, and current research. This project's first objective is to examine the involvement, progress and procedures of organizations that are involved in supporting and improving the Marine Corps' armory processes. The second objective is to explore the feasibility of implementing RFID and/or UID technology into the current Marine Corps small arms tracking system based on current research. Feasibility and compatibility will be determined by examining the existing organizations, current business processes and information technology systems. The third objective is to examine the current research about the use of RFID and UID technology with small arms. The final objective is to provide recommendations for implementation of these technologies in the Marine Corps armory system.
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    Financing the DOD acquisition budget: innovative uses of public-private partnerships
    (Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2006-06) Jankowski, Patrick; McGee, Michael; Lehmann, Matthew; San Miguel, Joseph G.; Shank, John K.; Summers, Don; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    This project identifies a need for alternative financing options in the Department of Defense (DOD) to provide increased capability to the warfighter in todayb2ss exigent military environment. Further, this project compares the history of Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S. Government with the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MOD). We intend to showcase the increased capabilities currently enjoyed by the UK MOD from entering into these agreements. Additionally, it will provide an in depth look of three Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) that Serco Inc. has undertaken and future prospects for the private financing technique. Finally, this analysis will evaluate the value for money gained by using Public-Private Partnerships through proper risk transfer in lieu of Full Up-Front Funding. The examination concludes that continued and expanded use of Public-Private Partnerships provides increased real time capability to DOD while supporting private industry. Public-Private Partnership agreements may not always be the most inexpensive means of procurement from a purely financial standpoint. However, this relationship provides several tangible real time benefits to the government and seeks to reduce the full life cycle cost.
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    Analysis of the contracting processes and ethical culture at Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB Ut
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2007-12) Sheehan, Brian H.; VanAssche, David J.; Moats, Stuart D.; Rendon, Rene G.; Petross, Diana F.; Sekerka, Leslie E.; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    This study assesses the process capabilities and competencies of Air Force Material Command's (AFMC) Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC), Contracting Directorate at Hill AFB, UT. This project is conducted with the sponsorship and assistance of the Acquisition Research Program. The assessment uses a cross-sectional questionnaire covering contracting processes and procedure. The assessment spans across five units and delves into six different key contracting process areas. The purpose of this study is to analyze the OO-ALC's contracting processes and procedures to better establish a baseline for contract management maturity. This model, in conjunction with the Contract Management Maturity Assessment Tool (CMMAT), is used to gain information on potential areas of weakness and how to leverage those with strengths. Additionally, this study produces an analysis of the ethical culture currently present in the OO-ALC through the administration of an ethics questionnaire. In these times of significant transformation, it is critical to have mature contracting processes and procedures in place to insure continuity and continuous improvement throughout the organization as well as high ethical standards.
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    (Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School, 2020-12) Rodriguez, Cynthia M.; Puente, Robert J.; Poree, Kelley; Mortlock, Robert F.; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM); Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
    The purpose of this research is to examine how end user feedback for Army service contracts could be standardized and streamlined to better inform the requirements managers. We examine how three Army requirement managers from a MICC, PEO and combat theater currently collect, evaluate, document and disseminate end-user feedback for service contracts and what considerations they use in their evaluations to improve those contracts so that we may identify shortfalls and possible alternate processes that could improve results. We then use process analysis and a Lean assessment to identify how these alternate processes could improve Army service contract operations. Based on the participants’ answers, process mapping and Lean assessment, we conclude that there are several inefficiencies within the Army’s customer feedback process. The inefficiencies lie within the capacity or availability of the appointed individual conducting surveillance, Type One Muda derived from reports waiting for further action and the bottleneck created by the TOR/CORs/KO reviewing and combining reports. Additionally, the Lean assessment found a lack of flow and pull through all three processes. We conclude the project by making a recommendation for an incremental release of a smart phone application (app) that can be leveraged by all ranks, agencies and service contracts. We recommend further research into the COR nomination process and on the variances in quality of surveillance and customer feedback.
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    Analysis of Tobyhanna Army Depot's Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) program: RFID as an asset management tool
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2005-06) Miertschin, Keith W.; Forrest, Brian D.; Dew, Nicholas; Yoder, Cory; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
    The purpose of this MBA project is to identify the potential value of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) used for inventory and asset management at the Tobyhanna Army Maintenance Depot. Tobyhanna Army Depot recently partnered with WhereNet Corporation for a pilot program to incorporate a real-time locating system that uses RFID. The pilot program tracks the AN/TPS-75 and AN/TRC-170 systems through the maintenance processes to determine if RFID is beneficial. The RFID asset management system proved beneficial to increase process efficiency and reduce the number of wasted labor hours used to find misplaced items. The cost-benefit analysis at the Tobyhanna Army Depot RFID pilot program indicates a Return on Investment of less than one year and supports previous research conducted on RFID as an asset management tool. Tobyhanna's investment in advancing technology essentially paid for itself within one year when measured in labor cost savings and yielded an annual savings of 837 Repair Cycle Time days. Since the primary infrastructure for RFID is already funded and fully operational, the payoff period on incremental investment is likely to be much shorter in the future.
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    Business continuity management plan
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2014-12) Refugia, Manuel R., Jr.; Pittman, Gary O.; Brinkley, Douglas; Shing, Man-Tak; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
    Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) lacks a business process framework for the development of Business Continuity Management (BCM) plans. In the event business processes are deprived of automation for a prolonged period of time, the NAVSUP enterprise requires alternative methods to maintain the delivery of these products and services produced by these processes with minimum customer disruptions and financial losses. The purpose of this study was to review existing methodology to assess mission criticality of NAVSUP products and services and associated business processes. The analysis will lead to the development of a BCM plan and the associated information flow applied against a single Navy supply chain segment, Re-Engineered Maritime Allowance Development (ReMAD). This analysis will include recovery time and recovery point objectives. ReMAD and ERP interfaces as well as the ReMAD contingency plan will provide a context to lean on for the development of a business process framework for the plan. Currently, the ReMAD contingency plan’s system recovery timelines and recovery point objectives are not sufficient to continue with the processing of Maritime allowances.
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    Public budgeting: The compromises among the sound budgeting principles in contingency funding
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2017-06) Payne, Tara L.; Candreva, Philip; Department of Defense Management (DDM); Business & Policy (GSBPP); DiRenzo, Marco
    The purpose of this thesis is to observe the budgeting practices of the government in funding contingency operations to determine to what extent a policy-maker's actions result in compromises among the sound public budgeting principles. To accomplish the objective, this thesis evaluates the evolution of budgeting practices used in funding overseas contingency operations from 2001 to 2016 and determines the level of application of the sound budgeting principles to the budgeting practices. To illustrate the application of use, this thesis first defines the principles of sound public budgeting and maps the differing budgeting practices to the characteristics along a relative spectrum of high, medium, and low to determine if there are discernible patterns. A framework does not exist for Congress to fund for contingencies; policy-makers must therefore use budgeting practices that are less than ideal. Since the attacks of 9/11, the United States has funded contingency operations through processes different from normal budgeting. Over the last 15 years, those budgeting practices have evolved in a manner that questions to what extent funding for contingency operations is consistent with the principles of sound public budgeting. An analysis shows that compromises are made among the principles to adequately fund for contingency operations.