THE POTENTIAL MILITARY APPLICATION OF COMMERCIAL INTERMODAL EQUIPMENT ADVANCEMENTS--AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE STOCKPILING OF NATIONAL DEFENSE FEATURES

The purpose of this study is to address alternatives to stockpiling National Defense Features (NDF)/Sealift Enhancement Features (SEF) and to examine possible day-to-day commercial utilization of Government developed and procured NDFs/SEFs. Within the context of alternatives to stockpiling NDFs/SEFs, the study explores and identifies intermodal industry technology advancements that may have military logistics application, thereby reducing the demand on the military to develop and procure its own specialized equipment. These technologies are in varying degrees of development and include: advancements in electronic data interchange; the open-all container; the caged flatbed, a self-propelled intermodal vehicle; the RoadRailer; low-clearance rail bogies; the camelback pallet trailer; the spine car; the ROLLOADER, a secured modular automotive rail transport system; tank containers; and an all-side-opening container. Suggestions on improvements that could enhance the military applications of each are presented. The study also assesses the commercial utility of equipment and technologies developed for the NDF/SEF program. It identifies those that show the greatest utility and describes how each may be employed to benefit both industry and Government. Of the NDFs noted, only two, SEASHED Systems and Flatracks, are currently stockpiled by the Government. Actions necessary to place these units in commercial service are discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report
  • Corporate Authors:

    Presearch Incorporated

    2361 Jefferson Davis Highway
    Arlington, VA  United States  22202

    Maritime Administration

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    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Byrne, W A
    • Dillman, T A
  • Publication Date: 1990-10

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: Various p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00661644
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Contract Numbers: DTMA91-89-C-90033
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM