Accession Number : ADA185267

Title :   Modeling the Effect of Spare Parts Lateral Resupply on Strategic Airlift Capability.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Carolan, William J

PDF Url : ADA185267

Report Date : 10 Dec 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 131

Abstract : The objective of this thesis is to develop and analyze a 2-echelon resupply system in which inter-site movement of recoverable spare parts within the same echelon are permitted. The Military Airlift Command (MAC) of the U.S. Air Force is a prime user of this system, where spare parts are transferred between overseas bases for the purpose of expediting aircraft repairs, and enhancing airlift capability. Existing inventory models do not explicitly account for lateral resupply, thus underestimating MAC's actual capabilities. The significance of omitting lateral resupply, when in fact it exists, is largely conjecture. This paper attempts to analyze this significance. The Simulation Language of Alternative Modeling (SLAM) was used to model a realistic strategic airlift wartime scenario to evaluate the system during a surge of flying activity. The Statistical Analysis System (SAS) provided the statistical procedures to test for the significance of a lateral resupply policy. Incorporating lateral resupply in a spare parts supply model can aid strategic airlift planners in assessing the Command's readiness and sustainability.

Descriptors :   *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, *SPARE PARTS, *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, SCENARIOS, OVERSEAS, REPAIR, MATERIALS RECOVERY, SURGES, LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, THESES, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, INVENTORY, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE