Accession Number : ADA192534

Title :   Planning and Analysis: Where's the Beef.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Leonard, Jack E

PDF Url : ADA192534

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : The Air Force needs to place increased emphasis on systems analysis as it plans, inside and outside the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS). The current antipathy between military planners (operational judgment school) and systems analysts (quantitative analysis school) must be resolved. The operator/analyst, embodied in the mission area analysis (MAA) concept, can integrate the two schools of thought and produce meaningful analysis. In so doing, three rules must be observed. First, the analysis must be understandable (the Aunt Martha test), objective (no advocacy), and through (pros and cons). This is particularly true in Air Force relations with Congress where decreasing military experience among members places a premium on quality of information. The potential of systems analysis is clearly demonstrated in the continuing strategic bomber debate. In the mid-seventies, the debate centered on the procurement decision for the B-1. In the 1980 the question has been whether President Reagan's two-bomber approach was and is appropriate. In both cases, systems analysis played a pivotal role.

Descriptors :   *SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, *PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, AIR FORCE, ANALYSTS, BEEF, BUDGETS, DECISION MAKING, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MISSION PROFILES, OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), PROCUREMENT, QUALITY, QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS, SCHOOLS, STRATEGIC BOMBING

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE