Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

W. Brent Nixon, PhD


The Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Pharmacy has been designed as an environmentally friendly vehicle to handle, store, dispense, track, recycle, and dispose of hazardous materials in the Air Force. This thesis effort proposed a method in which valuable feedback for the pharmacy can be obtained. Because it is still in the early stages of implementation, there has been little feedback on the pharmacy. An activity index that uses a variable most closely associated with the generation of hazardous waste in a MAJCOM is proposed. Using an aircraft maintenance related variable, like maximum take-off weight, the fluctuations in mission over time can explain a portion of the reductions over the same time. The additional reductions can then be attributed to pollution prevention efforts, including the HazMat pharmacy. By comparing the remaining reductions in pharmacy commands to non-pharmacy commands, the difference can be explained by the pharmacy. A notional analysis using this technique was conducted and the initial indications of pharmacy performance are encouraging.

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