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Master of Science


This study performed an investigation on determining the appropriate number and locations of continental United States aerial ports. To accomplish this a linear programming formulation was adapted with the optimizing function based on trading off the cost of shipping cargo against port operating costs. Cargo would travel from CONUS origin, through aerial port of embarkation (APOE), to aerial port of debarkation (APOD) at minimum cost to the DoD. The need for the study was precipitated by continued reductions in the military budget, consolidation of defense depots, and the reduction in the number of personnel stationed overseas. Cargo movement data was extracted from the Transportation Reporting and Inquiry System database for fiscal year 1996. This information was then used as deterministic demand at the APODs from particular origination cities. The demand had to be exactly met in the formulation. Applying the linear program resulted in the recommendation to operate only three aerial ports. They are Travis AFB, CA, Dover AFB, DE, and McGuire AFB, NJ saving over 11 million dollars a year.

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