Military Resource Allocation as a Set Covering Problem

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Alexander Bates
Zach Bell
Alexander Mountford
Paul Evangelista


Fixed location resource allocation modeled as a set covering problem is a classic integer program.  This framework has been widely applied to emergency service resource allocation, and this paper extends this approach to military resource allocation.  Using military air medical evacuation resource allocation in Afghanistan as a proof of concept, a methodology is presented that could easily extend to other operational environments and other military resource allocation problems.  Unique contributions include clustering of enemy activity reports to support demand signal analysis and consideration of set covering requirements for varying demand signal density.

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Bates, A., Bell, Z., Mountford, A., & Evangelista, P. (2015). Military Resource Allocation as a Set Covering Problem. Industrial and Systems Engineering Review, 3(1), 1-6.
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Paul Evangelista, United States Military Academy

Academy Professor, Department of Systems Engineering


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