Cover: Air Force logistics: from research to policy.

Air Force logistics: from research to policy.

Published 1958

by Allen R. Ferguson

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback15 pages $15.00

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.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.