A Policy Model of USAF Aircraft Operational Reliability.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The USAF does not have a well defined methodology for top level policy managers to make policy decisions concerning the operational reliability of aircraft weapon systems. This thesis was directed at creating a methodology through a computer simulation model. System dynamics provided the framework to construct the model, and DYNAMO was used for computerization. The elements of integrated logistics support were combined in the model into four key support parameters of personnel, supply, equipment and facilities. The model was designed to measure the total USAF capability in terms of these four parameters. The key measure being the capability available for surge requirements after normal operations have been accomplished. The model includes the effects that research and development have on improving this capability through technology, resulting in increased maintainability and inherent reliability. One use of the model was to identify those variables that require better measurements to determine the actual capability of USAF aircraft weapon systems. It is hoped that this model will be of use to policy makers within the Air Force as an experimental tool to determine the possible impacts of changes in policies. Author
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies