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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

John E. Bell, PhD


Since military units often require critical hazardous materials in an expedited manner, identifying choke points within the supply chain is necessary to improve logistic support to front line forces. Hazardous materials are some of the most critical assets for the war fighter, as well as the most restrictive and often most time consuming for transportation. This research quantifies the extent that vendor and depot supplied cargo is being delayed at Aerial Ports of Embarkation. By looking at frustrated hazardous material at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina and Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, a case study methodology is used to determine the top causes of frustrated HAZMAT cargo, the average time shipments were frustrated and determines the vendor these shipments are coming from. Data include documented frustrated cargo over a four month period in 2005 at Dover and Charleston Air Force Base and highlight trends. The results and analysis of this research compare the frustrated cargo record at these bases as well as pin pointing specific trends from the vendors that provide the cargo.

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