Campus Units

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

4-12-2017

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics

Volume

1

Issue

2

First Page

137

Last Page

150

DOI

10.1108/JDAL-07-2017-0011

Abstract

Purpose The United States Air Force often provides effective airlift for cargo distribution, but is at times inefficient. This paper aims to address the under-utilization of military airlift cargo compartments that plagues the airlift system.

Design/methodology/approach The authors examine seven techniques designed to increase cargo compartment utilization and increase airlift utilization rates. The techniques were applied through load planning software to 30 real-world movements consisting of 159 sorties. They then ran each post-technique movement through a modeled flight environment to obtain cycle movement data. The metrics gained from both the load planning software and the modeled environment were regressed to provide statistical understanding regarding how well each technique influenced cost savings.

Findings The results showed a 24 per cent elimination of aircraft required and a savings of $14.5m. Extrapolation of the authors’ findings to four years of airlift mission data revealed an estimated annual savings of $1.6bn.

Originality/value This research effort provides multiple options to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of military airlift.

Comments

Carlson, N., Reiman, A., Overstreet, R. and Douglas, M. (2017), "Load planning processes to enhance cargo compartment utilization", Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, 1(2);137-150. Doi: 10.1108/JDAL-07-2017-0011.

Rights

Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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