Modeling and analysis of Canadian Forces RSOM hubs for Northern operations


  1. Ghanmi, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This paper presents an analysis of a Reception, Staging and Onward Movement (RSOM) hub concept to support Canadian Forces (CF) Northern operations. RSOM hubs are permanent or temporary staging bases for cross-loading between strategic and tactical lift during military deployment and sustainment operations. Performance measures were developed to assess the effectiveness and the responsiveness of the RSOM hub concept. An optimization model was also developed to determine the optimal number and locations of RSOM hubs. The model was formulated using binary integer (linear) programming and solved using an exhaustive search approach. An illustrative scenario was used to simulate deployment lift to various Northern locations and assess the performance of different hub options. Sensitivity analysis was conducted to examine the impact of different operational parameters on hub performance. Options analysis was conducted to provide decision makers with different effective hub arrangements. The study indicated that the RSOM hub concept would offer potential cost avoidance and response time reduction on deployment lift for Northern operations and could be a potential strategy for improvement of the CF domestic support capability.

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DRDC-CORA-TM-2010-170 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Aug 2010
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