A Kernel Decision Support System for Canadian Military Satellite Communications System Planning.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The kernel requirements for a DSS to plan technically feasible SATCOM systems is developed. The literature review focuses on understanding the decision process and a search for a suitable analytic tool for SATCOM system design. A model of the decision process is developed. The model is found to be a semi-structured task as the management control level. The process involves independent and interdependent decisions at all levels of management. The decision process contains elements of the rational, satisfying, organizational procedures, political and individual differences perspectives of decision making. Link analyses is developed as the analytic tool to support the decision process. The initial equation is developed and the effects of multiple users and multiple access are added. Link analysis provides a straight forward method of determining technical feasibility. A set of parameters for link analysis and the attendant equations are developed. The representations, operations, memory aids, and control mechanisms necessary to implement the kernel DSS are determined. Two linkages for future modules were identified the Analytic Hierarchy Process as a module to determine the SATCOM users evaluation criteria and a cost module. The research concludes that a DSS is well suited to the SATCOM planning process. Theses
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