An analysis of the joint modular intermodal distribution system
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The Joint Modular Intermodal Distribution System (JMIDS) is a Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) initiative approved by the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts. The purpose of JCTD is to evaluate a joint capability through Military Utility Assessments (MUAs) under a variety of military scenarios, while JMIDS aims to address interoperability problems facing the military supply chain. The operational concept of JMIDS is to provide a universal intermodal container system for automated handling, storage, and tracking of supply and ammunition shipments throughout the four Services in order to enhance visibility and increase efficiency in the supply chain. This Joint Modular Intermodal capability is achieved through the use of Joint Modular Intermodal Containers (JMIC), Joint Modular Intermodal Platforms (JMIP), and Automated Identification Technology (AIT). Through the use of these three systems, JMIDS permits the efficient and seamless movement of supplies and retrograde operations through the air, land and sea distribution system to all military locales. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the costs and benefits of implementing the JMIDS capability within the Defense Distribution System (DDS).
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