Accession Number : ADA191061

Title :   A Multiple Attribute Decision Analysis of High-to-Medium-Altitude Air Defense Command and Control Systems.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Broadnax, George A.

Report Date : MAR 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 198

Abstract : A methodology was developed to determine the best high-to-medium-altitude air defense (HIMAD) Command and Control (C2) system to meet current HIMAD C2 requirements. The AN/TSQ-73 (Missile Minder), Patriot Information Coordination Central (ICC), and NEW SYSTEM (e.g. TACOC/MCE) alternatives are compared. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used in developing a decision aid for the decision maker. Three separate surveys are used to solicit feedback from experts in four major areas: performance, cost, schedule, and risk. A decision hierarchy was developed using expert opinion. Pairwise comparison matrices are used to develop weights for the individual design-planning factors and for the systems with respect to those factors which are combined in the 'HIMAD C2 Solution Vector.' The analysis shows that although the Patriot ICC received a higher cost, schedule, and risk weighting the NEW SYSTEM is the preferred HIMAD C2 system because of the importance that the decision makers place on performance. The AN/TSQ-73 received a lower weighting in all pairwise comparisons and is considered the least favored system. The analysis also shows that the most important performance sub-objective is interoperability. This application demonstrated the practicality of using AHP to evaluate the multiple characteristics of alternative C2 systems.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, COSTS, DECISION MAKING, DECISION THEORY, HIERARCHIES, HIGH COSTS, RISK, THESES, WEIGHTING FUNCTIONS, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE