Accession Number : AD0604287

Title :   SOME ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF FISSIONABLE MATERIAL,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Enke,Stephen

Report Date : 25 NOV 1953

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The determination of an optimum program for the production, allocation, and use of fissionable material involves a number of economic suboptimizations, once important political and military decision have been made. The economic optimization involves other suboptimizations in turn, one for the AEC, another for the DOD, and conceivably for individual Services and campaigns. Linear programming provides a means of handling a number of these small optimizations and the institution of shadow prices permits a decentralized method of solution. Despite the secrecy that surrounds it, fissionable material is preeminently an economic good, and economists with the necessary clearances should be capable of an important contribution to national defense. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, ECONOMICS), URANIUM, PLUTONIUM, PRODUCTION, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, OPTIMIZATION, MILITARY STRATEGY, LINEAR PROGRAMMING, COSTS, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE