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Case Article—U.S. Army Deployment to the Middle East


  • Steven P. Dillenburger

    () (Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia 23801)


This paper describes a modeling and simulation case study relating to Army platoons deploying to the Middle East. The study tasks students with analyzing routes for deploying troops travel through in an effort to decrease the average time a soldier spends in transit. Students with little simulation experience are able to become familiar with modeling software. Student groups are instructed to identify where bottlenecks occur in the queuing system and to find creative solutions to alleviate those bottlenecks. Additionally, the case study illustrates the concepts of input and output analysis, random numbers, random variate generation, and probability distributions. Case Teaching Note: Interested Instructors please see the Instructor Materials page for access to the restricted materials. To maintain the integrity and usefulness of cases published in ITE , unapproved distribution of the case teaching notes and other restricted materials to any other party is prohibited.

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  • Steven P. Dillenburger, 2016. "Case Article—U.S. Army Deployment to the Middle East," INFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS, vol. 17(1), pages 34-36, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orited:v:17:y:2016:i:1:p:34-36

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