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Master of Science


In 1990, the Department of Defense purchased medical materiel from the Defense Logistics Agency totaling approximately 1 billion dollars. Congress has directed the Department of Defense to examine civilian health-care practices to reduce the costs. Just-in-Time inventory management is one of those practices. Research on Just-in-Time inventory for military facilities raised several concerns about its capability to support the military mission. However, there are many facets of Just-in-Time management that can be adopted without compromise of wartime capabilities. This research identifies the results of the change in the Defense Logistics Agencys policy on delivery of medical materiel to Department of Defense medical facilities. The change was intended to decrease delivery time and increase reliability. It was hoped that in turn changes would create savings and reduce inventory levels. Statistical analysis of six pairs of hospitals, test and control, did not show any conclusive change in the delivery time although some individual hospitals did experience a decrease. The increase in reliability was significant. Although, a few hospitals experienced a slight increase, most hospitals experienced a decrease in variance resulting in increased reliability and customer satisfaction.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

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