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Master of Science

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Alan R. Heminger, PhD


The United States Government has long provided security assistance to foreign countries. Each year, billions of dollars of military hardware and equipment are sold through a process known as Foreign Military Sales (FMS). Unfortunately, most countries are now reporting that they are holding many items, sometimes billions of dollars worth, that are excess for their needs. At the same time, there are many countries in need of these items. Countries currently have two options for getting rid of the items they can write them off or try to return them. Countries encounter problems with both of these choices. Naturally, if countries write off the items and destroy them, they lose the potential for selling the items. The two current return programs, Third Country Transfers and FMS Excess Materiel Return, have not provided a sufficient means for reducing and redistributing this excess. In response, the Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC) has developed a program, the Worldwide Warehouse, specifically aimed at helping countries reduce their excess materiel. AFSAC wants to automate the features of the Worldwide Warehouse. This thesis provides an architectural design for an information system capable of automating the features of the Worldwide Warehouse.

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