Optimal Demand Execution Strategy for the Defense Logistics Agency

Report Number: NPS-LM-14-210

Series: Logistic Management

Category: Workload Distribution

Report Series: Sponsored Reports

Authors: Jeff Bogdanovich and Marc LaNore

Title: Optimal Demand Execution Strategy for the Defense Logistics Agency

Published: 2014-12-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Graduate Student

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2014/NPS-LM-14-210.pdf

Keywords: Staffing, Workload Distributions

Abstract:

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) updates its demand forecasts and creates orders to replenish aviation hardware inventory levels once each month. The current system creates cyclical shortages in demand planning staff due to monthly spikes in forecasting and purchase order activities. These staffing shortfalls could be reduced or eliminated if the workload were more evenly distributed over time. The project goal is to determine the optimal forecast interval (time between forecast updates) and duration (length of forecast) such that monthly workload variation among the DLA