Accession Number : ADA324222

Title :   The Effects of Changing Force Structure on Thunder Output.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Farmer, Michael R.

PDF Url : ADA324222

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 129

Abstract : In today's reduction of America's national defense, campaign level models are being used more in the development of force structure. The effects of drawdown are of significant interest to those at the highest levels of authority. Campaign models can bring those high ranking officials the answers they seek with high confidence. THUNDER is a campaign model used frequently by the United States Air Force and many of its contractors. The effects of changing the force structure within THUNDER require modifying variables before executing a new experimental run. Changes in such issues as force structure cannot be immediately addressed. Response Surface Methodology (RSM) can be used to provide a quick answer to effects of changing force structure by executing several experimental runs at a variety of settings. The creation of a 'response surface' interlinks each scenario. Factor analysis is a multivariate statistics method of reducing dimensionality of data sets and determining relationships between measures on an observation. From this, relationships can be found among different measures of effectiveness to create new, simpler variables. The methods used in this thesis provide a means for creating accurate, 'quick turn' analysis tools which a decision maker can use to make timely decisions.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT, DATA BASES, OUTPUT, METHODOLOGY, UNITED STATES, HIGH RATE, DECISION MAKING, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS, STATISTICS, THESES, SURFACES, RESPONSE, RANKING, TIMELINESS, CONFIDENCE LEVEL, NATIONAL DEFENSE, FACTOR ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE