Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

William A. Cunningham, PhD


The United States military has developed an en route support structure for airlift requirements to deploy and sustain combat forces in conflict. The Air Mobility Command (AMC) is interested in determining the cost effectiveness of two distinctly different en route structures, in particular, the cost effectiveness of one large facility versus supporting combat forces with many smaller facilities. With the current operational tempo, continued analysis must be accomplished to determine if a smaller footprint is possible in the deployment and sustainment scenarios of conflicts seen today; conflicts more centered on a leaner and faster deployment force. This research examines the requirements of manpower needed to support a network of one large facility and compares the data with the same information for a network of many smaller facilities. The number of required airfields in a distributed network must be determined to examine the manpower cost structure associated with the distributed network; therefore, the number of airfields becomes a cornerstone to which the cost analysis is predicated upon. The effectiveness of both systems will be measured in aircraft transits per day with the cost measured in annual manpower costs.

AFIT Designator


DTIC Accession Number