Accession Number : ADA195357

Title :   Rational Framework for Reallocations Development and Acquisition Funds.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Ehle, Paul E

PDF Url : ADA195357

Report Date : 30 Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : The Army is entering a difficult era where funding turbulence and decrements will likely become more common while missions remain unchanged or even grow. In this environment, maximizing the benefit from each dollar for materiel development and acquisition will become increasingly important. This study produces a general framework that can be used to increase rationality and effectiveness in the reallocation of funds. The proposed system approach is based on development and selection of guiding principles, analysis tools, and evaluation criteria that are tailored to the particular circumstances of a given reallocation exercise. The basic message in this paper is the need for specialized principles to guide materiel funding; the need for a structure to promote systematic construction and evaluation of funding alternatives; the need to know impacts and interrelations of funding changes; and the potential of modern analysis tools to help with these problems. A simple reprogramming problem is demonstrated in the context of the proposed framework. This example is further used to show the power and applicability of mathematical optimization tools. Finally, implementation considerations are explored, conclusions are drawn and recommendations are made. Keywords: Menu; Mathematical optimization; Army research.

Descriptors :   *MATERIEL, *OPTIMIZATION, *SYSTEMS APPROACH, *FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, ACQUISITION, ALLOCATIONS, ARMY RESEARCH, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, MATHEMATICS, MONEY

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE