Re-assigning homeports for United States Coast Guard medium and high endurance cutters
McCarty, Robert T
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The Cutter Assignment Model (CAM) is an optimization based decision aid that recommends relocation of cutters to homeports in order to maximize combined benefits less relocation costs. In 1996, the Chief of Coast Guard Operations identified port assignments of medium and high endurance cutters as an area where the Coast Guard can improve quality of service. A Strategic Homeports Study Team has been formed and has evaluated candidate ports with respect to a variety of criteria, ranging from proximity to mission areas to shore services. The availability and quality of support and services at a port directly influence mission performance. The Coast Guard seeks cutter reassignments to improve those benefits and others associated with clustering like cutters (collocating) while minimizing costs. CAM prescribes optimal assignments for a complete Pacific or Atlantic operating area scenario in a few minutes using commercial software on a personal computer. CAM also accommodates and optimally completes partial restrictions of assignment scenarios to reflect human judgment or some non quantifiable considerations
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