Decision support systems for source selection in the procurement of military equipment
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Any large procurement is of necessity a multi-criteria decision. The military acquisition decisions are typically complicated by military requirements and political considerations. A Decision Support System (DSS) can play an important role in helping military decision makers to come to better acquisition decisions.This thesis introduces the current system of military acquisition used in the Republic of China Navy and demonstrates a small DSS for assisting higher level managers in making acquisition decisions. A survey of ROC Navy Officers at applicable levels of the procurement system was taken to determine the criteria to be modeled in the DSS. This criteria were weighted using typical statistical methods. The results of the survey were used to construct a model for the decision to purchase a fictitious weapons systems. The model was extended for the purpose of the thesis to create a more realistic list of criteria used in a typical weapons system acquisition. An example, software system (Criterium software) was used to simulate the model and the software was exercised to demonstrate the interactive nature of the DSS. The alternative selected by the software was in accordance with experience and a direct reflection of the results of the survey
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