Accession Number : ADP002825

Title :   Program Manager's Support System (PMSS): An Update,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Cox,J. E. ; Ingalls,T. ; Schutt,H. J.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The Defense Systems Acquisition Process is a complicated process requiring the integration of many disciplines and functional areas. The Defense program manager (PM), in executing an assigned program within this environment, is faced with many non-routine and unstructured decisions. Although Management Information Systems (MIS) typically are available to the PM and provide information to aid in making these decisions, they predominately support only past and current project status, usually with an abundance, and many times perhaps, an over-abundance of data. A need exists, therefore, to support the PMs' decision-making process by looking at future courses of action and distilling the available data into meaningful alternatives. This need is being addressed at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) through a research project aimed at applying Decision Support System (DSS) technology to the Defense weapons systems program management environment. This paper describes the resultant Program Manager's Support System (PMSS) effort. It is an update to the PMSS presentation given at the 1982 Federal Acquisition Research Symposium. As such, this paper presents a brief background review, the functional requirements for such a system, the project's current status and future plans, and issues which must be addressed.

Descriptors :   *Management information systems, *Decision making, *Management planning and control, *Planning programming budgeting, Government procurement, Defense systems, Resources, Requirements, Automation, Man computer interface, Symposia

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