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Master of Science


The DoD has begun outsourcing airlift in order to expedite high priority cargo movement. However, are commercial express carriers more expedient in the cargo delivery than the Air Force organic transportation system? Although anecdotal evidence suggests commercial carriers are faster, little empirical research has been conducted on this subject. This study compares the military's organic transportation system with Federal Express in the delivery of high priority cargo to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The Large Sample Test of Hypothesis was used to determine if there was a significant difference between the cargo transit times of the two. The mean delivery time for the military's organic transportation system from CONUS to Spangdahlem was 6.24 days, while Federal Express' mean delivery time was 2.71 days. The primary conclusion drawn from this research is that Federal Express is indeed able to transport small items (weighing less than 150 pounds) to Spangdahlem AB, Germany faster than the military's traditional organic transportation system. A secondary conclusion taken from this research is that every segment of the pipeline except the actual flight time between CONUS and Europe all take significantly longer for the military system than for the commercial system.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Co-authored thesis.