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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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William A. Cunningham, PhD


Last year, Congress approved $17.1 billion dollars, an increase of $4 billion dollars more than originally was requested by the Bush Administration, for US Army vehicles to be repaired or replaced (commonly referred to as reset) as a result of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A large portion of the repair workload falls upon the Army depots in Anniston and Red River in Texarkana, Texas and must rely on the DOD transportation system for air and surface movement of retrograde cargo deemed serviceable and unserviceable to fill requisitions and backorders for entry into the national supply inventory. Headquarters Air Mobility Command developed an initiative for distribution to the US Central Command to allow supply requisition shipments to accumulate based on customer defined delivery timelines to a single unit destination to eliminate the need of mixed destinations on a single pallet, thereby avoiding intermediate handling and increase in-transit visibility. This research viewed the depot and the item managers as the customers due to the value they collectively add in equipment repairs and how retrograde is directed to meet the needs of the end user. Subject matter experts from Army Materiel Command provided their inputs through a series of focused interviews to calculate their value placed on transportation system and convergence with a cost comparison of the accumulation principles of the AMC pure pallet program. The results indicated that the AMC pure pallet program was not a viable option due to conflicts with customer requirements, high variability in the volume of retrograde generated to successfully utilize this option despite the savings in using consolidated shipments.

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