Optimizing operational and logistical planning in a theater of operations
Brown, Gerald G.
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The United States Navy (USN) as well as other allied naval forces deploy their ships worldwide to support and conduct various maritime missions ranging from humanitarian aid to combat. In order to accomplish these missions and maintain a sustained deployment it is paramount to establish a robust means of logistic support. We present two operational planning tools to respectively plan Combat Logistics Force shuttle ship schedules to simultaneously support all U.S. Navy operating ships worldwide, and a Navy Mission Planner with new logistics features to decide where combatants should locate to perform their missions in a particular area of operations, and how to arrange logistics support of these combatants. These operational decision aids use optimization to suggest alternate courses of action for operational and logistics planners to consider. We discuss how the former model has been used by U.S. 2nd Fleet in their exercise Trident Warrior 09. We additionally present a face valid scenario for the Navy Mission planner showing different planning results when logistics are incorporated into the planning process.
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