Date of Award

3-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

John O. Miller, PhD.

Abstract

Wargames were originally created to test wartime strategies against opposing forces within a short time frame. Due to the short duration design of these wargames, logistics were deemed irrelevant and it was incorrectly assumed that the warfighter would be logistically supported for the entire duration of the wargame. The purpose of this thesis is to provide insight to the value of capturing logistics within a wargame and to better model the increased requirement for Agile Combat Support. This research utilizes a logistics simulation tool and its outputs to conduct statistical analyses comparing a baseline scenario created to mirror the Joint Strike Fighter key performance parameters and a modified model with increased operations tempo. Additionally, an experimental design provides key insight to the primary factors contributing to the changes in essential measures of effectiveness. This research identifies statistically significant differences between the baseline and modified models and finds the most essential components for Agile Combat Support are the number of spares, the number of maintenance personnel, and sortie duration. Incorporating logistics in wargames provides a more holistic view of a war and can be the crucial addition to wargames that helps the USAF maintain dominance in air, space, and cyberspace.

AFIT Designator

AFIT-ENS-MS-16-M-095

DTIC Accession Number

Pending

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