Strategic airlift assets optimization model
Rosenthal, Richard E.
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Despite the outcome of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, post-operation analysis revealed a shortcoming in USAF airlift capability. The analysis showed that early presence was not sustainable and an early Iraqi attack could have inflicted more coalition casualties. This finding prompted Congress to sponsor the Mobility Requirement Study (MRS). This thesis, sponsored by the USAF Studies and Analyses Agency, is an outgrowth of USAF and Joint Staff work for MRS. The thesis develops a multi-period Strategic Airlift Assets Optimization model using linear programming (LP), implemented with the General Algebraic Modelling System (GAMS). The model minimizes late deliveries, subject to constraints such as aircraft utilization rate and aircraft handling capacity of an airfield. This thesis demonstrates that such an LP model has sufficiently fast response time to be a viable planning tool in today's political environment, where major regional conflicts can emerge very quickly. The model can lend support to the study of military options at the planning and acquisition stages, as well as enable planners to quickly assess impact of any shortfall in airlift capability
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