Accession Number : ADA188854

Title :   Validation of the Tactical Air Force's Decision Making Process to Prioritize Modifications Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Darko, Katherine H

PDF Url : ADA188854

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : The purpose of this research was to validate TAF's decision making process that generates a prioritized list of R&M modifications and to suggest other possible approaches to solve the problem. The first part of the research, the validation, was done in three sections. The first section demonstrated that TAF does not completely satisfy the requirements to meet a specific set of decision criteria, but the shortcomings may be easily corrected. Also explained was the applicability of using the AHP to solve TAF's problem. The second section scrutinized TAF's use of the AHP to determine problem areas. The tree structure and the data were discussed and possible fixes were introduced. The third section highlighted three shortcomings contained within the AHP. The topics of dependency between the mods, uncertainty in the data, and the scale used to make the pairwise comparisons were discussed in detail. Ideas on approaches to avoid these problems were presented. The second part of the thesis proposed the alternative methods of the decision analysis and PROMETHEE to solve TAF's prioritization problem. Keywords: Decision making, Decision theory, Defense planning, Validation, Theses.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *DECISION THEORY, DEFENSE PLANNING, HIERARCHIES, THESES, VALIDATION, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, PROBLEM SOLVING, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE