Accession Number : AD0615948

Title :   STUDIES IN DATA SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT: THE OCAMA WEAPON SYSTEM PROJECT,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Hearle,Edward F. R. ; Mason,Raymond J.

Report Date : APR 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : This Memorandum examines a pioneering Air Force effort to apply the electronic computer to inventory management -- the stock control and distribution system developed and operated by the Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area (OCAMA). OCAMA modified and refined the original RAND concept and applied it to several weapons systems, principally the B-52 and KC-135. The major changes in concept narrowed the system functions to stock control and distribution and eliminated the maintenance of base balances, leaving these entirely with base level systems. Since its beginning in 1955, the system has developed through four basic and four auxiliary phases, and has employed six different configurations of data-processing equipment. OCAMA's successful experience suggests the principle that new complex data systems should be developed from concepts having specific focus and providing implementation in discrete phases, each of which constitutes in itself an operating system.

Descriptors :   (*DATA PROCESSING, INVENTORY CONTROL), (*INVENTORY CONTROL, DATA PROCESSING), (*WEAPON SYSTEMS, INVENTORY CONTROL), AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, DISTRIBUTION, COMPUTERS, OKLAHOMA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE