Logistics Models

Evolution and Future Trends

by Steve Drezner, Richard Hillestad


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Logisticians will rely more and more on models to deal with the complexities of procuring, maintaining, and transporting military material, facilities, and personnel. This paper discusses, generally, past and current logistics models in several of these areas and points out: (1) The logistics support functions have been rich domains for model development and have been at the forefront of certain methodological developments. (2) Despite the sophistication of many of the methodologies, there are important aspects of military logistics problems that have yet to be modeled adequately. (3) Although there has been some recent progress, much remains to be done with respect to the modeling of support as it affects the mission of the military--readiness and sustainability of the operational forces for and in wartime.

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