Accession Number : ADA115555

Title :   Weapon System Software Acquisition and Support: A Theory of System Structure and Behavior.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Mercer,Bradford Douglas

PDF Url : ADA115555

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 196

Abstract : The system for acquiring and supporting weapon system software was investigated through the methodology of system dynamics, a technique for studying the structure of socio-technical systems and how that structure determines their behavior. Conceptual and mathematical models of a generalized software production process and the influences upon that process were developed. The mathematical model was translated into a continuous simulation computer model using the DYNAMO language. These models can be examined by managers at all levels in the acquisition and support process in order to increase their understanding of the complexities and interactions of system decisional structures. Such understanding is foundational to the analysis and formulation of policy to guide and improve the performance of that management system. Discussion of experimental and nonexperimental modes of research lead to recommendations for future experimental research for policy analysis, formulation, and implememtation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, *LIFE CYCLE COSTS, *AVIONICS, *AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, INTERACTIONS, EMBEDDING, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, METHODOLOGY, COMPUTER PROGRAM VERIFICATION, DECISION MAKING, THESES, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, POLICIES

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Computer Programming and Software
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE