Optimizing military airlift

Steven F. Baker*, David P. Morton, Richard E. Rosenthal, Laura Melody Williams

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We describe a large-scale linear programming model for optimizing strategic (intercontinental) airlift capability. The model routes cargo and passengers through a specified transportation network with a given fleet of aircraft subject to many physical and policy constraints. The time-dynamic model captures a significant number of the important aspects of an airlift system in a large-scale military deployment, including aerial refueling, tactical (intracontinental) aircraft shuttles, and constraints based on crew availability. The model is designed to provide insight into issues associated with designing and operating an airlift system. We describe analyses for the U.S. Air Force system concerning fleet modernization and concerning the allocation of resources that affect the processing capacity of airfields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-602
Number of pages21
JournalOperations Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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