15 The Marine Corps Boot Camp Mode

The “system test” network generated so few packages that we decided to cancel the flight schedule and place the packages on commercial airlines. We did not fly planes in the package system again until the next startup. It was a matter of reducing our operating expenses and conserving our dwindling supply of funds.

The daily volume from the five original cities averaged only about ten to twelve packages. Later we developed sophisticated analytical tools and ran the program to understand more about the test network. We discovered that the expected volume between all ten original cities was only forty packages per day for the penetration level we anticipated. The analysis also showed that each new city added ...

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