U.S. Department of Defense


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Published in Omega 37 (2009) 838–852.


This research uses a two-stage maximal covering location problem (MCLP) model to develop Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) maintenance schedules for the US Air Force. Solutions are compared to actual missile maintenance activities accomplished at F. E. Warren Air Force Base (AFB), Wyoming in May 2005. Sensitivity analysis is performed to determine the impact of altering security response times and the number of security patrol are as on the quality of daily maintenance schedules and personnel usage. Results indicate marked improvement over traditional Air Force scheduling methods. In addition, sensitivity analysis identifies the levels at which the quality and quantity of maintenance performance is impacted.