Accession Number : ADA141149

Title :   User Need Satisfaction as a Basis for Tactical Airlift Scheduling.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Bryant,J C ; Gordon,S R

PDF Url : ADA141149

Report Date : Mar 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 220

Abstract : The primary emphasis of this thesis was to develop a measure of effectiveness for tactical airlift scheduling, based on satisfying the needs of the airlift user. The basis for this research was that user needs in different supply categories should be the primary determinants of scheduling priorities. Specific classes of supply established by the U.S. Army are considered, with the degree to which user needs are met in each class defining the term 'user need satisfaction'. A detailed tactical airlift resupply network using SLAM (Simulation Language for Alternative Modeling) is developed for testing the effect of varying different airlift scheduling heuristics and sets of supply class weights used to determine scheduling priorities. A modified worth assessment technique is used to determine numerical values for each supply class, reflecting the relative worth of each class to the Army. These values are used to obtain a score reflecting the effectiveness of the resupply effort, based on average supply levels maintained at each base over a thirty-day period. The combination of two scheduling heuristics, each at two levels, and scheduling weight, at three levels, produce a total of twelve policies, and ten replications for each policy are accomplished. Both a multiple ranking procedure and analysis of variance are employed to compare the mean scores for each policy.

Descriptors :   *Airlift operations, *Scheduling, Policies, User needs, Heuristic methods, Computerized simulation, Ranking, Decision making, Supplies, Weight, Value, Analysis of variance, Replenishment, Networks, Military tactics, Simulation languages, Army operations, Theater level operations, Theses

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE