Accession Number : AD0648699

Title :   A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR EXPLORATORY DEVELOPMENT,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE FLIGHT DYNAMICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Robbins,C. Keith

Report Date : 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Recently, increasing emphasis has been placed on the efficient allocation of defense resources. This paper describes one approach to the evaluation of research tasks and the efficient allocation of exploratory development dollars and manpower thereto. A deterministic model is developed which quantifies the value or technical payoff of each research task. The model developed considers in so far as possible the current world environment, the Air Force Mission, future weapon system configurations, laboratory technological objectives and the timeliness, complexity and scope of each research effort. A modified linear program using unitary constraints is used to maximize the value of all laboratory tasks subject to the budget constraints imposed by higher headquarters. The result consists of recommended funding levels of efficient tasks along with suggested tasks for close scrutiny or possible elimination. The evaluation system provides laboratory management with quantitative data to aid in decision making. Uses for the system at all management levels, ranging from task engineer to laboratory director, are described. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *FEDERAL BUDGETS), (*DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FEDERAL BUDGETS), MANPOWER, COSTS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, COST EFFECTIVENESS, DECISION MAKING, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE