COTS software decision support models for USPACOM's Theater Engagement Plan (TEP)
Taylor, John E.
Powell, James R.
Buettner, Raymond R.
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As part of the process of achieving national security objectives, the mission of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) is to enhance security and promote peaceful development in the Asia region by deterring aggression, responding to crisies and fighting to win. USPACOM's Theater Engagement Plan (TEP) contributes to the accomplishment of this mission by planning, coordinating, and implementing peacetime military activities to shape the region's security environment. USPACOM, J56 (Future Plans and Operations, Engagement) has a requirement to assess the effectiveness of engagement activities proposed, planned and conducted within its Area Of Responsibility. USPACOM's goals and objectives for the engagement process have been formally defined, but no process exists to link engagement activities to goals and objectives. Consequently, there is no way to comparatively assess the value of one engagement activity versus another. This research focuses on the basics of Multi-Attribute Utility Theory (MAUT) and Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) techniques for alternative selection following a literature review, which addresses some of the issues in decision support, traditional modeling techniques, and some of the traditional methodologies for quantifying subjective judgments. Additionally, this research illustrates the usefulness of currently available COTS decision support software in assisting the decision-maker in this endeavor
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