Dr. Alan W. Johnson
Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management


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Dr. Alan W. Johnson is a Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management with the Department of Operational Sciences, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He entered the United States Air Force via Officer Training School in 1983.  He served in the acquisition career field for 10 years before moving to instructor duty for the remainder of his military career. He graduated from Squadron Officer School in 1991 and Air Command and Staff College in 1997.  He served as AFIT faculty in the Operational Sciences department from 1996 until 2001, and was then assigned to teach mathematics at the United States Military Academy at West Point until his military retirement in 2004. Upon retirement he rejoined the Operational Sciences faculty at AFIT as a civilian associate professor.  Since returning to AFIT he assumed responsibility for, and expanded a research program on aircraft depot sustainment.  He also founded and directs the department’s logistics doctoral program. 

He is a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1996

Master of Science (M.S.), Systems Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1989 (Distinguished Graduate)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University, 1982



Award for Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences Understanding, 2014, Sigma Iota Epsilon, Sigma Beta Chapter.

AFIT Instructor of the Year, Class of 1998, Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management.

AFIT Instructor of the Quarter, Winter 1998 and Spring 1997, Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management.


JOURNAL ARTICLES     (*denotes student co-author)

*Maywald, J., Reiman, A., Johnson, A., and Overstreet, R., 2018, “Aircraft Selection Modeling:  A Multi-Step Heuristic to Enumerate Airlift Alternatives”, Annals of Operations Research, (Forthcoming)

*Maywald, J., Reiman, A., Johnson, A., and Overstreet, R., 2017, “The Myth of Strategic and Tactical Airlift”, Air and Space Power Journal 31(1): 61-71.

*Boehmke, B.C., Jackson, R.A., Johnson, A.W, White, E.D., Weir, J.D. & Gallagher, M.A, 2017, "Measuring U.S. Air Force installation support activities via data envelopment analysis." Military Operations Research, 22(1): 39-58.

 *Chalyvidis, C., Ogden, J., Johnson, A., Colombi, J. and Ford T., 2016, “A Method of Measuring Supply Chain Interoperability,” Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal. (Forthcoming)

 *Rodewald, J., Colombi, J., Oyama, K. and Johnson, A., 2016, “Methodology for simulation and analysis of complex adaptive supply network structure and dynamics using information theory”, Entropy 18(10): 367.

 *Boehmke, B., Johnson, A., White, E., Weir, J. and Gallagher, M., 2016, “The Influence of Operational Resources and Activities on Indirect Personnel Costs: A Multilevel Modeling Approach”, Engineering Economist 61(4): 289-312.  Winner, 2016 ASEE EED Grant Award ($1,000).

 *Boehmke, B., Johnson, A., White, E., Weir, J. and Gallagher, M., 2016, “Tooth-to-Tail Impact Analysis: Combining Econometric Modeling and Bayesian Networks to Assess Support Cost Consequences Due to Changes in Force Structure”, Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics 9(1): 2-31.

 Cobb, B., Johnson, A., Rumi, R. and Salmeron, A., 2015, “Accurate Lead Time Demand Modeling and Optimal Inventory Policies in Continuous Review Systems”, International Journal of Production Economics 163: 124-136.

*Boehmke, B., Johnson, A., White, E., Weir, J. and Gallagher, M., "Bending the Cost Curve: Moving the Focus from Macro-level to Micro-level Cost Trends with Cluster Analysis," Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics, 8(2): 126-148, 2015

*Kiymaz, E., Johnson, A., and Cunningham, W., “Fuel Efficiency Assessment with DEA,” Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, 12(1): 57-66. 2015

Cobb, B. and Johnson, A., 2014, “A Note on Supply Chain Coordination with Joint Determination of Order Quantity and Reorder Point” European Journal of Operational Research 233(3): 790-794.

*Stover, L. and Johnson, A., “Space Separatism: Degree of Differentiation,” Air and Space Power Journal, 28(6): 17-37. 2014

*Hackleman, A.S., Johnson, A.W., and Ahner, D.K., “Nuclear Enterprise Performance Measurement,” Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, 11(3): 245 - 264. 2014

*Chalyvidis, C., Ogden, J., and Johnson, A., “Using Supply Chain Interoperability as a Measure of Supply Chain Performance,” Supply Chain Forum, 14(3): 52-73. 2013

*Reiman, A., Johnson, A., and Cunningham, W., “Competitive Advantage and Fuel Efficiency in Aviation,” Journal of Transportation Management, 22(2): 75-91. 2012

*Guler, C., Johnson, A., and Cooper, M., “Case Study: Energy Industry Economic Impacts from Ohio River Transportation Disruption,” Engineering Economist, 57(2): 77-100. 2012

Johnson, A., *Heiman, T., Cooper, M., and Hill, R., “Assessing Transport Aircraft Inspection Strategies,” International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems, 1(4): 1-21. 2010

*Vann, L., Anderson, B., and Johnson, A.W., “Feasibility of JP-8 to Jet A fuel conversion at U.S. military facilities,” Journal of Transportation Management, 20(1): 59-72. 2009

*Marentette, K., Johnson, A.W., and Mills, L., A Measure of Cross-Training Benefit versus Job Skill Specialization,” Computers and Industrial Engineering, 57: 937-940. 2009

Johnson, A.W., *Michalski, S., *Stiegelmeier, A., *Pope, J., and *Martindale, M., “Modeling Regeneration Time and Ground Support Manpower for a Reusable Launch Vehicle,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 46(1): 168-176. 2009

*Maynard, T., Bell, J., and Johnson, A., “Frustrated Hazardous Material: Military and Commercial Training Implications,” Transportation Journal, 47(1): 30-42. 2008

*Moore, T., Johnson, A., Rehg, M., and Hicks, M., “Quality Assurance Staffing Impacts in Military Aircraft Maintenance Units,” Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, 13(1): 33-48. 2007 (Featured article by Emerald Insight, Publisher)

*Ford, C., *J. Howe, A. Johnson, and J. Bell, “Automatic Test Systems: Unique versus Common Management,” Defense Acquisition Review Journal, Dec 06-Mar 07: 170-185. 2007

*Mongold, M. and A. Johnson, “Pure Pallet Impact on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Defense Transportation System,” Journal of Transportation Management ,17(1): 18-30. 2006

*Guarnieri, J., Johnson A., and Swartz, S., “A Maintenance Resources Capacity Estimator,” Journal of the Operational Research Society, 57(10): 1188-1196. 2006

Swartz, S.M. and A.W. Johnson, "A Multi-Method Approach to the Combat Air Forces Mix and Deployment Problem," Mathematical and Computer Modeling, 39(6-8): 773-798. 2004

Johnson, A.W. and S.H. Jacobson, "On the Convergence of Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," Discrete Applied Mathematics, 119(1-2): 37-57. 2002

Johnson, A.W. and S.H. Jacobson, "A Class of Convergent Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," Applied Mathematics and Computation, 125(2-3): 359-373. 2002

*Oliver, S.A., Johnson, A.W., White, E.D., and Arostegui, M.A., “Forecasting Readiness,” Air Force Journal of Logistics, 25(3): 3, 31-42. 2001 (Featured Article)

Jacobson, S.H., Sullivan, K.A., and Johnson, A.W., "Discrete Manufacturing Process Design Optimization Using Computer Simulation and Generalized Hill Climbing Algorithms," Engineering Optimization, 31: 247-260. 1998

Johnson, A.W., “Simulation: It’s the Real Thing,” Air Force Journal of Logistics, 22(4): 17-20. 1998

Jacobson, S.H., A.W. Johnson, K.A. Sullivan, M.A. Fleischer, and A. Kumar., "Metaheuristics for a Flexible Assembly System Design Problem," Journal of Heuristics, 3(2): 139-159. 1997


Johnson, A., Brigantic, R., and Mahan, J., “Strategic Mobility and Deployment,” Methods for Conducting Military Operational Analysis: Best Practices in Use Throughout the Department of Defense, L. Rainey and A. Loerch, Editors, Military Operations Research Society, Publishers, pp 281-315. 2007

Johnson, A.W., “Acquisition,” The Fundamentals of Military Logistics: A Primer of the Logistics Infrastructure, C.M. Brandt, Editor, Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, Publisher, Dayton OH, pp 19-42. 2005

Henderson, D., Jacobson, S.H., and Johnson, A.W., “The Theory and Practice of Simulated Annealing,” Handbook on Metaheuristics, F. Glover and G. Kochenberger, Editors, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell MA, pp 287-320. 2003

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