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MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD
SUBJECT: Ovecrseas Moves in COBRA
1. Although COBRA a s designed for only CONUS moves, in BRAC 2()05 the
f oll .oin, OCONUS locations are involved in realignmnent scenario s:
c. Puerto Rico
2. When using COBRA to estimnate the costs associated with a realignment t11ha1t includes
an oversCas instal lation, there are two methods to determine the costs associated with
shipping eqiip c menl over water. One method Iuses the rates associated with Breakbulk
Curgco while tie second method uses the rates associated with Container Cargo.
3. 3Breakhutlk rates are appropriatLe 'when shiiping large alniounts ol coilmbat vehicles that
,ill fiirst have to be railed or li ne hauled to a port. An example of this type of move is the
Army moving units from installations in CONUS to Iraq. In COBRA Brealkulk
movements will be computed using the following method.
a. Enter the installation c odes in Screen Orne.
b). In Screen Two, change the distance from the o verseas installation i1to all other
installations. The overseas installations should use a site near the east or west
coast as a surrogate locatlio n toi determine the new distances. For example, unitts
moved from Europe will use an east coast harbor, so choose an east coast port
location as the surrogate. Distances can bec dcterniined using a port location
already in the database or a new location with distances determined using the
Defense Table of Distances (DTOD).
c. In Screen Three enter all of the personnel and cquilpmieenlt moved as 'part; of tlhe
scenario. This will generate the unit movement costs froi the port to the new
install latin s.
d. lIn Screen Five enter a One-Time cost for the overseas riovement. This value is
determined utsing the allowing icthiod:
1) DeItermine the weight in toins of all unit support equipment, mnisSion
eqii'pment, and \eh icles. Assume tha all miitary lgltn vehicles have a
weig'zht of 10 tons aiid all hei"a vehicles have a weight of 42 tois.
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United States. Department of Defense. Overseas Moves in COBRA, text, August 30, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc23408/m1/1/: accessed March 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.