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Modeling and Analysis of Canadian Forces RSOM Hubs for Northern Operations

Ahmed Ghanmi

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


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 different hub options. An optimization model was also developed to determine the optimal number and locations of RSOM hubs. Deployment scenarios to different Northern locations were simulated and assessed. Sensitivity analysis was conducted to examine the impact of different operational parameters on hub performance. 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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