Laboratory Evaluation of Supply and Procurement Policies

The First Experiment of the Logistics Systems Laboratory

by Robert M. Rauner

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A description of Laboratory Problem I (LP-I), the first large-scale logistics simulation performed in RAND'S Logistics Systems Laboratory to evaluate a set of proposed supply policies and procedures. These policies and procedures were used in simulated Air Force environment and compared with another set of policies based on Air Force logistics practices that were more or less current in mid-1956. Two wars were simulated in the experiment to test the ability of each system to operate without central supply or maintenance support under the stress of enemy attacks. In general, the simulation of logistics activity in the Laboratory proved useful and successful as an adjunct to logistics research.

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