Accession Number : ADA402647


Title :   Cost Benefit Analysis: Cost Benefit Analysis for Human Effectiveness Research: Bioacoustic Protection


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : HUMAN SYSTEMS INFORMATION ANALYSIS CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Rench, Michael E ; Johnson, Sharon ; Sanders, Thomas


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a402647.pdf


Report Date : 21 Jul 2001


Pagination or Media Count : 43


Abstract : Human Systems IAC was asked to perform a cost benefit analysis on replacing the fielded Army aircrew ensemble of clothing and individual equipment and nuclear, chemical, and biological protection with the Air Warrior system. A standard eight-step process was used to identify both the costs and benefits associated with the Army's system approach to address positive and negative elements of the fielded system and the Army's MANPRINT initiative. The least effective alternative with respect to benefits was the Legacy system (112). The most effective system was Air Warrior Blocks 1, 2, and 3 (993), with Air Warrior Block 1 falling in the middle (474). When the costs are added to the benefits, the cost benefit ratios show that Air Warrior Blocks 1, 2, and 3 with a cost/benefit ratio (CBR) of 814, is the preferred alternative with respect to the defined goals. With the information available, it costs more than the least preferred alternative, the legacy system (CBR of 4,170), but provides greater than 300% increase in benefits. The CBR for Block 1 (1,499) fell in the middle. Both its costs and benefits are greater than the legacy system and less than the fully fielded Blocks 1-3, making it a viable program option, but not as desirable as Air Warrior Blocks 1, 2, and 3. This report is based on the costs received. As costs are determined, the results may change significantly.


Descriptors :   *EAR PROTECTORS , *COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS , AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT , NOISE , HEARING , BIOACOUSTICS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Protective Equipment


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE