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Master of Science in Operations Research


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

William A. Cunningham, PhD


The Air Force supply chain includes parts required to build, fix, or maintain aircraft delivered to the warfighter to carry out missions. Industry has shown that following Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR) concepts, particularly reducing inventory through accurate demand forecasts, has increased profits in part by lowering the holding costs of inventory and increasing sales. This is analogous to the Air Force increasing aircraft availability. There is scant evidence that demand forecasts generated at any level in the Air Force are shared with the intent of coordinating replenishment. This thesis uses a simple discrete-event stochastic simulation model to show the flow of demand information and parts moving from base and depot to see effects on the pipeline and backorders. Simulated flying hour schedules are used as future demand forecasts.

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