A System Dynamics Study of the Factors Used in the Measurement of an Aircraft Wing's Capability.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Reporting requirements of JCS Publication 6, Vol. II, presently are used to assess an operational units capability based upon four factors personnel, equipment readiness, supplies, and training. Provision is also made for consideration of other factors which, in the commanders opinion, might have overriding effects upon the reported status. This method of assessing unit capability focuses upon individual factors in a static relationship. The factors determining a units capability are not static but rather interact to create a dynamic process. Capability, then, is a function of the dynamic interaction among men, equipment, and management functions. Looking at any one of these variables in isolation will not provide an accurate measurement of its contribution to a units capability. Other systems with similar interaction have been successfully studied through the system dynamics approach. This approach consists of three basic steps understanding, analysis, and modeling. Unless one can thoroughly understand and analyze all the components and interactions of a system, one can not accurately portray that systems operation. This thesis presents a description of the operation of an aircraft wing through the understanding gained from a system dynamics analysis. Such understanding may lead to greater accuracy in assessing a units capability. Author
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