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An analysis of the total Air Force pipeline time (transceiver time plus depot-processing time plus transportation time) required to serve the customer at four ZI bases and six overseas bases during a six-week period in 1959. Thus the total process studied is (1) the number of hours between the time a requisition leaves a base and the time of receipt at the Air Material Command depot, (2) the number of days from the beginning of the process until time of shipment, and (3) shipment time. Less than half of the pipeline times were within the expected standards. A full 40 per cent of orders were still unfilled at the end of the waiting period of 45 days after the last requisition was made. In other words, the standards were not met by a large margin during the time under study.

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