Optimizing Supply Chains in Military Operations

Friday, September 27, 2002 - 11:00am - 11:50am
Keller 3-180
Moshe Kress (Center for Military Analyses (CEMA))
During military operations, supplies such as fuel, ammunition and food are delivered to the theater of operations by a large-scale supply chain. This chain originates at the strategic level (e.g., depots, arsenals and home bases) and terminates at the tactical level (e.g., battalions). There are some fundamental differences between a business supply chain and its military counterpart. The main differences are in the underlying logistic network, the characterization of uncertainty and the measures of effectiveness and efficiency that are utilized. In this talk we present the main features of a military supply chain during a military operation and discuss some typical stochastic optimization modeling issues.