Accession Number : ADA189460

Title :   ACAR, A Decision Support System to Optimize the Allocation of Combat and Airlift Resources.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Hager, Stephen L

PDF Url : ADA189460

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 154

Abstract : The primary objective of this research is to improve and package a previously developed mathematical programming model to increase its likelihood of acceptance. The model departs from the normal measure of effectiveness of airlift, measuring ton miles per day, and allocates combat and airlift resources to maximize combat power delivered to the objective area (thus the name ACAR). The package selected to build around this model was that of a Decision Support System (DSS). This thesis has produced a working prototype DSS that can assist Air Force and Army Planners. The primary method of design for this DSS was adaptive design. This thesis presents one complete cycle of that approach. The concept mapping technique was used to identify two kernel problems for this DSS to study. The three components of this DSS, the data base, the model base, and the man machine interface, are described in detail. The data base component consists of the various screen displays which contain tabular data. The tables group similar items together and contain the input required to the model base component.

Descriptors :   *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, *DECISION MAKING, *RESOURCES, *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *OPERATIONS RESEARCH, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, AIR FORCE, ALLOCATIONS, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DATA BASES, INTERFACES, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, MAPPING, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING, MODELS, POWER, PROTOTYPES, SCREENS(DISPLAYS), TABLES(DATA), THESES, WARFARE

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE