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Evaluation of combat service support logistics concepts for supplying a USMC Regimental Task Force

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Lenhardt, Thomas A.
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Buss, Arnold H.
Bradley, Gordon H.
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2001-09
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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One of the primary responsibilities of a Marine Corps Combat Service Support Element (CSSE) is to provide water, fuel, and ammunition requirements for the primary task forces and other Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) elements. This thesis evaluates existing and proposed concepts on how to best use the CSSE resources of a Force Service Support Group to transport supplies to Regimental Combat Teams over constrained networks with time constraints. A model was developed that optimizes the use of resources, assets, and network routes. The model first solves a capacitated vehicle routing problem, where a set of customers has to be served by a fleet of vehicles within a certain time. The stochastic aspects of the problem are modeled through the use of a discrete event simulation that uses the results of the optimization model. The optimization model goes beyond the traditional routing problem by accounting for special features such as vehicle capacity for each commodity and cargo incompatibility (e.g. fuel and ammunition). The model includes both optimization of routes and simulation of stochastic elements. As a result, this thesis establishes a basis for future studies involved with modeling new concepts in Combat Service Support.
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Operations Research
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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xviii, 102 p. ;
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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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