Enhancing persistence when optimally scheduling depot-level repair activity for the United States Marine Corps
Drexler, Jonathan A.
Brown, Gerald G.
Washburn, Alan R.
MetadataShow full item record
The United States Marine Corps' ability to wage war and its warfighting effectiveness rely heavily on the availability of its tactical ground equipment. The Marine Corps optimizes the warfighting availability of its tactical ground equipment in its depot-level repair plan, which commits $450 million over a six-year horizon. Currently, small changes (for example, budget) to the input to this model produce non-intuitive revisions that are needlessly disruptive. The Marine Corps Materiel Command (MATCOM) recognizes this problem and has asked for enhancement of their current model to include persistent features. We show that turbulence can be reduced at little cost in warfighting availability. We also investigate an approximate, but very fast heuristic in lieu of mathematical optimization to solve this problem. A simple greedy myopic heuristic quickly produces nearly-optimal advice to the depot-level planning problem.
RightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Penrose, Craig B. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1995-09);Availability based sparing was prescribed for use in all the military services by the DoD in 1985. Since then, the Army, Navy, and Air Force have all implemented, in varying degrees, availability based models; however, the ...
Barnett, Craig P. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2001-09);A critical component of the Marine Corps' self-sustainment capability is its ability to procure and repair components for its ground equipment fleets. Secondary repairables consist of components that can be repaired, and ...
Assessing the operational readiness of Landing Craft Air Cushion vessels using statistical modeling Crawford, Frederick H. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2010);A fleet of 40 Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessels is managed by Assault Craft Unit-5 located at Camp Pendleton, CA. LCACs are used to transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo, and personnel of the assault element ...