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Activity title

Models and Tools for Logistics Analysis

Activity Reference

SAS-132

Panel

System Analysis and Studies

Security Classification

NATO UNCLASSIFIED

Status

Active

Activity type

RTG

Start date

2017

End date

2019

Keywords

demand, Deployment, infrastructure, Integrated Logistic Support ILS, life cycle costs whole life costs total cost of ownership, Logs C4I, movement, ReceptionStagingOnward Mov, ReliabilityAvailabilityMaintainability RAM, resilience, support chain integration, support solution, warehousing

Background

All nations develop methods and models for logistic analysis (see NATO Definition of logistics) which cover for example deployment, the support chain and the ILS process; looking at cost reduction, effectiveness and optimisation. This area of analysis can be regarded as part of Operational Research (OR) / Operational Analysis (OA). The methods for analysis range from soft analysis workshops for decision support, simple spreadsheets to complex models implemented through in-government analytical capability and often supported or supplemented by private companies with specific competence. The work can also involve collaboration with other nations defence research organisations in the field of OR/OA.

Objectives

The aim is to develop a matrix of analysis coverage to then assess gaps, overlaps and areas of collaborative opportunities. To achieve the aim, the group will make a survey of models and tools for defence logistics analysis within the countries participating in this activity; exchange knowledge and experience regarding these models and tools; and identify opportunities for sharing and future collaborations. Focus should primarily consider models and tools used in the defence logistics analysis teams in the participating countries. The matrix of analysis coverage will need early agreement by the Task Group and could include: short description, OR/OA technique, validation status, data requirements, logistic area covered, domain, etc. The coverage of the survey includes models and tools to analyse the coverage described by the keywords and includes: strategic/operational/tactical/platform/system level, force integration, balance of regular/reserve/commercial resources.

Topics

The Task Group propose the following steps to realising this aim and objectives: - Task Group meet and agree the matrix headings and generate a template to complete for each model and tool (D01: Catalogue Template); participating countries collate their logistics model and tool capabilities using the template; - Task Group collates all the templates together (D02: a catalogue of logistics models and tools); - Task Group assesses gaps, overlaps and opportunities for collaboration (D03: a report that analyses the coverage of the logistics models and tools and opportunities for collaboration). Examples of such opportunities include the identification of tools/methods that may significantly reduce costs and/or increase operational effectiveness if they were applied more broadly within the Alliance. Another example is the cross-validation of models/tools used for similar purposes by different nations. - Task Group may present studies which have used the models and tools. Focus should primarily consider models and tools used in the defence logistics analysis teams in the participating countries. The matrix of analysis coverage will need early agreement by the Task Group and could include: short description, OR/OA technique, validation status, data requirements, logistic area covered, domain, etc. The coverage of the survey includes models and tools to analyse the coverage described by the keywords and includes: strategic/operational/tactical/platform/system level, force integration, balance of regular/reserve/commercial resources.

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