Decision-Analytic Support of the United States Marine Corp's Program Development: A Guide to the Methodology
DECISIONS AND DESIGNS INC MCLEAN VA
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Within the Department of Defenses DoDs planning, programming, and budgeting system PPBS, the role of programming is to transform defense needs into a time-phased program of affordable and achievable defense activities. Priorities among these activities must be established, and this requires professional military as well as civilian government judgments about the relative importance of various defense needs. Thus the programming phase of PPBS is the critical step in which professional judgment is matched to resources to create the tangible objectives of the DoD. To strengthen its programming system within the Dod PPBS, the Marine Corps MC has recently introduced and tested new, more efficient and reliable techniques for collecting and utilizing the professional judgment of its staff. The new techniques have been developed using the management discipline of decision analysis. The result is a practical, conceptually advanced methodology that has succeeded in developing consensus among the MC staff where other procedures have failed. This report describes the decision-analytic methodology used by the MC in its programming, not merely overviews. It is suitable as a reference, and it may be used for training.
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