Air Force logistics: from research to policy.

by Allen R. Ferguson

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An attempt to show that getting simple operations-research "solutions" to problems is really only the first step in getting a set of decision rules into practical use. Some decision rules are presented for setting stock levels for an Air Force inventory in those cases where a minimum of management per line item is appropriate. In particular, some problems of modifying and elaborating the decision rules for practical implementation are discussed. As the rules cover items which are consumed but not repaired at the stockage point in question, the paper considers how much to stock of any line items for which the decision has already been made that they be brought into the inventory.

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