Accession Number : ADA317394

Title :   New Tools for Balancing Theater Combat and Support.

Descriptive Note : Documented briefing,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Kassing, David ; Girardini, Kenneth J. ; Leverich, Brian ; Stanton, Richard E. ; Eden, Rick

PDF Url : ADA317394

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : When deployments are constrained, an important problem is what to send when doctrine cannot be satisfied. This kind of problem was recognized following the Gulf War, when the Army had difficulty convincing the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff of the validity of Army support force deployment requirements. The objective of this project is to help the Army address constrained deployment problems. We do so by providing tools for balancing combat and support deployments when constraints limit the amount of force and support that can be sent at any time. Our approach is to focus on the connections between support and combat planning and to use linear programming (LP) methods to simultaneously schedule support unit deployments and allocate support units in theater. The tools we are developing are designed to help the Army decide what to send and when to send it. This will also help the Army articulate its needs to the Joint commanders who have the final say about deployment plans. Beyond that, the tools we are developing have the potential to address a wide range of force planning and doctrinal issues. The model will allow assessment of the effects of options that range from Force XXI restructuring initiatives to theater stockage policies. The tools we are developing are designed to be used with both existing Army combat simulations and newly developed models.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *COMBAT SUPPORT, *TOOLS, *LINEAR PROGRAMMING, *BALANCE, DEPLOYMENT, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, POLICIES, DECISION MAKING, MODELS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, SCHEDULING, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, ALLOCATIONS, ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability
      Computer Programming and Software
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE