Logistical planning for deployment: a comparative study of the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the United States Air Force
Ramberg, Leif Morten.
Crouch, Thomas W.
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Deployment operations abroad are a new challenge to the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF). This thesis compares the logistical planning that is carried out in the United States Air Force (USAF) and in the RNoAF in order to achieve operational effectiveness during deployment operations. Logistics relationships, assets and planning tools that influence logistics efficiencies in the two air forces are identified and analyzed. By comparing the planning process in the two organizations, important factors in the planning, deployment and sustainment phases are identified. These factors help determine how logistics efficiencies can contribute to operational effectiveness. With declining spending on defense, air forces need to improve logistics efficiency in order to maintain the required level of operational effectiveness. An air force needs to develop the right mixture of logistics investment in striicture and assets versus efficient logistics processes. In order to achieve the right mixture of logistics, Imowledge of the interrelated logistical and operational factors is required, and trade offs have to be made. The thesis recomiriends that flirther research be andertalten to determine the appropriate factors that contribute to efficient logistics in support of deployments.
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