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Master of Science

First Advisor

William A. Cunningham III, PhD


Lean logistics (LL) is a new logistics system that applies state-of-art business practices utilized in private industry to Air Force logistics processes. Several LL demonstrations have been initiated to develop the best way to implement these new practices in the operational arena. This study focused on the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) lean logistics demonstration. The repairables in this demonstration differ from aircraft repairables in that they are highly reliable and high-value items. This research determines that the use of LL principles results in shorter order and ship times for the customer. As a follow-on to this finding the study presents a methodology for comparing the cost of carrying inventory under LL and the traditional pipeline and demonstrates how LL principles result in considerably lower carrying costs.

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The author's Vita page is omitted.

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