Determining End of Life Policy for Air Force Expended Small Arm Cartridge Cases

James L. Eimers


The purpose of this research was to explore the creation of an Air Force reverse logistics network to process Expended Small Arms Cartridge Casings (ESACC) after recent changes made by the Defense Logistics Agency ESACC Policy. Specifically, this paper explored ESACC market price, Air Force ESACC generation, use of automated equipment to process ESACCs, and Department of Defense Less than Truck Load transportation costs to create a revenue generating reverse logistics network for the Air Force. The research explored multiple models utilizing the Single Source Capacitated Facility Location Problem and how the solutions generated by those models can be used by the Air Force.