Accession Number : ADA162238


Title :   Comparison of Quantity Versus Quality Using Performance, Reliability, and Life Cycle Cost Data. A Case Study of the F-15, F-16, and A-10 Aircraft.


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS


Personal Author(s) : Merker,David C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a162238.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1985


Pagination or Media Count : 100


Abstract : The primary emphasis of this research effort has been to investigate the quantity versus quality issue and to design a cost-effectiveness model to aid in evaluating it. This model incorporates mission effectiveness, readiness, and life cycle costs. The research effort was hinged around a case study comparison of the F-15, F-16, and A-10 aircraft. These aircraft were chosen because they represented varying system complexities and were used as surrogates to high, medium, and low complexity respectively. The comparisons made in this thesis were intended to demonstrate the usefulness of using aircraft effectiveness, readiness and cost data in a mathematical cost-effectiveness model. The methodology that was followed, involved combining multi-attribute value theory, aircraft readiness data, and aircraft life cycle cost information. The result of this approach was a series of cost-effectiveness ratios, and a cost-effectiveness curve which incorporated the three close air support aircraft. The cost-effectiveness curve provided the costs, adjusted by both effectiveness and readiness values. The results of this research indicate that the approach used to develop the cost-effectiveness model does provide a quantitative way to evaluate the problem of quantity versus quality. (Author)


Descriptors :   *COST EFFECTIVENESS , *QUANTITY , *QUALITY , MATHEMATICAL MODELS , FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , MODELS , OPERATIONAL READINESS , COMPARISON , GRAPHS , THESES , COSTS , RELIABILITY , MISSIONS , ATTACK AIRCRAFT , LIFE CYCLE COSTS , VALUE


Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Operations Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE