This research therefore accomplishes an exploratory case study methodology comparing a snapshot (February 2004) of the channel airlift system servicing Iraq to a notional channel airlift routing system constructed using a regional hub heuristic.
The first portion of objective 1 was to understand the nature of US Central Command's (USCENTCOM) channel airlift system, the scheduled theater airlift routing system (STARS), during the period of study.
However, conclusions reached in this study do put forward the possibility that a more effective, efficient, simpler channel system (STARS) may increase use of channel airlift, thus supplanting requirements for demand-triggered airlift.
Major topics focus on the hub-and-spoke background, Iraq's channel airlift system (STARS), and a discussion of each of the dependent variables (efficiency, effectiveness, and simplicity).
Describing the Iraqi channel airlift system requires an explanation of the organizational structure which produces, monitors, and executes intratheater channel airlift.
Channel airlift consists of a variety of routes, made up of one or more legs, flown on a scheduled basis to meet recurring, predictable demand on a requirements or frequency basis.
This example illustrates use of channel airlift to meet a level of recurring demand at a given level of efficiency, augmented by demand-triggered airlift to achieve effectiveness.
Upon receipt of the delivery, MARFORLANT Traffic Management Officer Major Deb Anderson arranged for the 1,800 pairs to be shipped to the Marine Expeditionary Unit Services Support Group (MSSG) 22, and 3,756 pairs to the Logistics Officer Commander Marine Corps Central Command via Air Mobility Command channel airlift
to Bahrain, and the remaining 1,800 pairs to MSSG-24 Camp Lejeune via local freight carrier.