Optimizing military airlift
Baker, Steven F.
Morton, David P.
Rosenthal, Richard E.
Williams, Laura Melody
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We describe a large-scale linear programming model for optimizing strategic (intercontinental) airlift capability. The model routes cargo and passengers through a speciﬁed transportation network with a given ﬂeet of aircraft subject to many physical and policy constraints. The time-dynamic model captures a signiﬁcant number of the important aspects of an airlift system in a large-scale military deployment, including aerial refueling, tactical (intracontinental) aircraft shuttles, and constraints based on crew availability. The model is designed to provide insight into issues associated with designing and operating an airlift system. We describe analyses for the U.S. Air Force system concerning ﬂeet modernization and concerning the allocation of resources that affect the processing capacity of airﬁelds.
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