A weapons systems development decision support system
Boyd, Richard K.
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Defense budget cuts and the recent "peace dividend" have made weapons systems development decisions increasingly more difficult and subject to scrutiny. Meticulous planning is required to ensure tax dollars are spent wisely. and effectively. This thesis presents a decision support system designed to aid a senior official in making such investment decisions. The system combines a graphical user interface embedded in a hypertext environment with a multiple attribute decision making solution method. Architectures, consisting of weapons systems development projects from each major program within a warfare area, which provide the best overall benefit versus cost are presented as solutions. The hypertext interface allows convenient access to benefit and cost data, and easily displays solutions generated by the multiple attribute decision method.