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The main intent of this paper is to address the issue of middleware in network centric operations. To this end, we characterize a set of Information Technology capabilities that such a middleware should implement. Afterwards, we will discuss the design and architectural aspects of these capabilities. This will lead us to an efficient and practical decision(More)
We introduce a Multi-Point Stochastic Insertion Cost Gradient Descent (MuPSICGD) heuristic algorithm to solve multi-depot split-delivery vehicle routing problem (MDSD-VRP) through an innovative approach. We also describe two solution improvement techniques that can further enhance a fairly good solution. Our contribution is threefold: First we present a(More)
Future military operations rely on increasingly complex joint and multinational environments. This calls for innovative concepts, doctrine, and technologies to support the emergence of new planning and execution systems that are more flexible, adaptive, interoperable, and responsive to a time-varying uncertain environment. The ability to conduct joint(More)
There are a number of sources of randomness that arise in military airlift operations. However, the cost of uncertainty can be difficult to estimate, and is easy to overestimate if we use simplistic decision rules. Using data from Canadian military airlift operations, we study the effect of uncertainty in customer demands as well as aircraft failures, on(More)
—Complex problems involving multiple agents exhibit varying degrees of cooperation. The levels of cooperation might reflect both differences in information as well as differences in goals. In this research, we develop a general mathematical model for distributed, semi-cooperative planning and suggest a solution strategy which involves decomposing the system(More)
In this paper, we present a <i>strategyproof</i> mechanism design to tackle the multi-depot vehicle routing problem in multi-agent setting. In a <i>small-world</i> network environment (any node is connected to every other node through a short path) wherein different self-interested agencies are controlling their own vehicle fleets, we use an innovative game(More)