A Prototype Knowledge-Based System for Developing Acquisition Strategies.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The acquisition strategy is one of the most important program management documents. The diverse nature of the information required in an acquisition strategy, coupled with frequent changes in acquisition policy and normal loss of organizational expertise in a military environment, create significant problems for the developer of an acquisition strategy. This thesis demonstrates the effectiveness of applying knowledge-based system techniques to the problem of developing acquisition strategies for government procurements. The need for automated assistance for generating an acquisition strategy is examined, and the reasons why conventional programming techniques are inadequate for this problem are discussed. The development of a prototype knowledge-based system using Guru is outlined, and an evaluation of the system is presented. The prototype system addresses Non-Developmental Item procurements, and two of the thirteen required acquisition strategy paragraphs are implemented. This thesis concluded that a knowledge-based intelligent assistant could provide significant benefit to developers of an acquisition strategy. Possible enhancements to extend the prototype and potential areas of further research are also discussed.
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