Decision Support Systems and the Army Chaparral/Vulcan Air Defense Battalion
ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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Decision support systems offer tremendous opportunities for improving organizational decision-making and resource management. One area for potential use of such computer aids is at the Army battalion level. In an attempt to create interest in the possible uses and benefits of such decision support system applications, this report analyzes the organization and operation of the ChaparralVulcan Air Defense Battalion. Three examples of administrative applications of decision support systems illustrate the benefits of using simple computer aids. A model using an SAS program provides assistance to administrative and security personnel. This tool enables the user to quiz a database, create tables and charts, and generate reports. An Interactive Financial Planning System IFPS model can be used in formulating proposed unit budgets. A LOTUS spreadsheet model can be important in operational and logistical planning. This resource allocation model provides the officer with easy access to complex calculations, changing scenarios, and graphics capability. Decision support systems have great potential in improving battalion-level management within the Army. Computer assistance can be invaluable in cutting costs, saving time, and conserving fuel. Such results stem form making people more effective in their jobs and improving decision-making within the organization through the use of computer technology.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Computer Programming and Software
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies