Aviation logistics in U.S. Pacific Command: a cost-based analysis and comparative advantage to commercial shipment
Diffey, Tod B.
Beck, Matthew J.
Powley, Edward H.
Tick, Simona L.
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The purpose of this study is to compare the cost and time-to-reliably-replenish constraints of commercial and military modes of shipment to the main three annual joint United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) exercises conducted in three distinct allied countries. This study also estimates potential cost savings if commercial shipment becomes the primary means. Using a business case analysis, we compare the estimated costs of current methods for providing logistical support in USPACOM, and provide recommendations to improve the system. The utilization of commercial companies as the primary means of shipment of aircraft parts in USPACOM is a national and military strategic imperative. Specifically, the current costs of operating KC-130J aircraft as primary means of shipment far exceeds costs if the primary mode of shipment became commercial agencies. Equally important is improving upon joint multi-national relationships and joint logistics best business practices that would facilitate optimal asset throughput in the Customs Departments of our allied nations. In considering and analyzing the above dynamics, this study will provide a cost based analysis and qualitative evaluation regarding the use of commercial agencies and/or United States Marine Corps KC-130J heavy-lift aircraft in the shipment of F/A-18 aircraft parts within the USPACOM Area of Responsibility.
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