Toward Planning Non-Forecast Strategic Airlift Missions

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Authors
  1. Boukhtouta, A.
  2. Berger, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Planning airlift missions is one of the most important operations conducted by the Canadian Air Forces. While forecast airlifts are part of periodic airlift programmes maintained by 1 Canadian Air Division (1CAD), Non-Forecast Airlift (NFA) requests may occur on short notice and demand immediate attention often resulting in their omission from the periodic airlift programme. Consequently, a separate planning problem subject to resource contention concurrently emerges. This document is a comprehensive examination of various key issues defining the complexity of the NFA problem, in which mission plans are ultimately characterized by a sequence of flight segments involving appropriate air resources tasking to achieve single or multiple objectives in response to strategic requirements. It provides a clear insight about the basic features to be inevitably considered in building a suitable problem model and proposes some guidance toward the development of an advanced automated decision support system.

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2002-235 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Apr 2004
Number of Pages
40
DSTKIM No
CA024126
CANDIS No
521633
Format(s):
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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