Accession Number : ADA189599

Title :   Redesign of the Joint Planning Exercise (JPLAN).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Jansen, James R

PDF Url : ADA189599

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : JPLAN is a simulation of the Joint Operation Planning System used by the various commands to develop operation plans. JPLAN allows student teams at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Air War College, and Air Command and Staff College to identify needed combat, combat support, and combat service support forces, build force lists, and simulate deployment of these forces in support of an operation plan. Transportation resources are provided to transport the forces to their destinations. Students must resolve conflicts in transportation availability and set priorities on forces and their destinations to ensure their forces arrive on time. The existing JPLAN exercise is outdated both in terms of hardware and software which runs on hardcopy terminals connected to a large mainframe computer. It is not easily used nor maintained due to the use of a slow, unforgiving user interface, a fixed file management system, and fixed reporting capabilities. This thesis describes the redesign of JPLAN to operate on a microcomputer using state-of-the-art database and program design techniques and a fourth generation application development system.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT SUPPORT, *LOGISTICS PLANNING, *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, AIR FORCE, AVAILABILITY, COMBAT FORCES, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA BASES, FILES(RECORDS), MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, MICROCOMPUTERS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, RESOURCES, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, STATE OF THE ART, STUDENTS, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), TERMINALS, MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, USER NEEDS, DATA MANAGEMENT, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, MILITARY PLANNING, MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, THESES, PLANNING, OPERATION, TRANSPORTATION

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Computer Programming and Software
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE