A System Dynamics Analysis of the Factors Affecting Combat Readiness
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The term Combat Readiness is used in the United States Air Force as the basis for managing resources. There is no clear understanding of what factors affect combat readiness or how the factors that do affect it interact to determine a units level of readiness. Due to this lack of understanding, no analytical vehicle has been developed which will enable a commander to determine how a change in policy will affect combat readiness prior to the policys implementation. To aid in the understanding of the elements which interact to determine a units level of readiness, a system dynamics analysis of the factors affecting readiness was accomplished. Key managers within the United States Air Force combat readiness system were interviewed and the information acquired in these interviews was used to develop a large scale policy model for the management of combat readiness. The combat readiness model is comprised of ten sectors which address the interactions of personnel and equipment readiness. The generation of pressures to improve readiness and its affect on combat readiness is also addressed. Further development and use of this model to manage combat readiness will enable commanders to determine in advance the effect of policy changes.
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