Cost analysis of inter-depot transportation options for U.S. Navy east coast air-launched missiles
Sellers, Charles L.
Brown, David G.
Maher, Kevin J.
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Since the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union, the Department of the Navy has had to learn how to meet its commitments with an ever-decreasing budget. One Navy community addressing this downsizing is the east coast ordnance community. Because of restructuring and the closure of weapon station Charleston, South Carolina, the remaining east coast weapons stations are handling the same amount of ordnance with fewer personnel. As a result of the restructuring, the aircraft carriers, ordnance ships, and large deck amphibious ships conduct ordnance transfers at Naval Weapon Station (NWS) Earle, New Jersey. These ships all carry air-launched missiles that have to be maintained and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. This thesis develops cost equations associated with several different methods of transportation (commercial and Department of Defense). These equations are used to generate costs curves for each of four types of missiles being transported between NWS Earle and NWS Yorktown. The curves are analyzed and decision policies are determined which ensure the most cost-effective method of transportation is being used to transport the missiles.
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