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Dynamic planning under uncertainty for theater airlift operations

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dc.contributor.advisor Cynthia Barnhart. en_US Martin, Kiel M. (Kiel Michael) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Operations Research Center. en_US 2008-02-27T22:18:45Z 2008-02-27T22:18:45Z 2007 en_US 2007 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, Operations Research Center, 2007. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 92-93). en_US
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, we analyze intratheater airlift operations, and propose methods to improve the planning process. The United States Air Mobility Command is responsible for the air component of the world wide U.S. military logistics network. Due to the current conflict in Iraq, a small cell within Air Mobility Command, known as Theater Direct Delivery, is responsible for supporting ongoing operations by assisting with intratheater airlift. We develop a mathematical programming approach to schedule airlift missions that pick up and deliver prioritized cargo within time windows. In our approach, we employ composite variables to represent entire missions and associated decisions, with each decision variable including information pertaining to the mission routing and scheduling, and assigned aircraft and cargo. We compare our optimization-based approach to one using a greedy heuristic that is representative of the current planning process. Using measures of efficiency and effectiveness, we evaluate and compare the performance of these different approaches. Finally, we adjust selected parameters of our model and measure the resulting changes in operating performance of our solutions, and the required computational effort to generate the solutions. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Kiel M. Martin. en_US
dc.format.extent 93 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Operations Research Center. en_US
dc.title Dynamic planning under uncertainty for theater airlift operations en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Operations Research Center. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 191222564 en_US

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