Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Nicholas T. Boardman, PhD


The United States Army perpetually deploys rotational forces across the globe in support of the National Security Strategy. These forces meet a set of discrete mission demands over an extended time period before redeploying, modernizing, and preparing for the next deployment. The U.S. Army now utilizes the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model to execute these cyclical stages for unit deployments. Specific emphasis is placed on aligning forces against a Geographic Combatant Command, which allows units to build readiness and lethality oriented towards the same series of threats, physical terrain, and civilian considerations. This research provides an Integer Programming model that offers the U.S. Army an optimal solution outlining how many units by Modification Table of Organizational Equipment, Active or Reserve Component Status, and Geographic Combatant Command location alignment, needed to meet every mission demand, for a prescribed set of time periods, at the battalion level echelon.

AFIT Designator



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