Design Evolution of a Fighter Training Scheduling Decision Support System.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The objective of this research effort was to trace the evolution of a decision support system for a fighter training unit scheduler. The purpose of a Decision Support System DSS is to assist the cognitive processes of judgment and choice as performed by a squadron scheduler. This DSS was built using the adaptive design process. The adaptive design process includes development of a concept map analysis of tasks and data, and identification of the kernel to select the central decision process. The designers employ this central decision process to develop a feature chart and storyboards, the starting point for the DSS construction. Ideally, the DSS begins with a small prototype that decision makers use and evaluate. Builders then customize and modify the DSS as a result of user feedback. This process repeats, incorporating user needs and requirements. Thus, the DSS improves with each successive iteration. This particular DSS automates the squadron scheduling decision process without interrupting the schedulers ability to concentrate on the task at hand. This DSS interfaces with an automated wing procedure. The procedure currently used at Holloman AFB supplies each fighter squadron with daily flying information on a computer disk. This DSS processes the data residing on the disk and automatically displays the scheduling framework, eliminating the need for grease boards. The DSS database tracks the availability of personnel, thus replacing two more scheduling grease boards. Elimination of the grease boards frees the scheduler from the time-consuming process of manually updating them. As a result of this DSS, more quality flying training will be accomplished. Theses.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations