Accession Number:

ADA364542

Title:

Application of Systems Analysis in the U.S. Department of Defense

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. May 98-May 99

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

The use of systems analysis has expanded since its invention some 50 years ago to include not only the DoD but all U.S. Federal Agencies. Although it can be a powerful analytical technique, systems analysis took off so fast that necessary building blocks for its successful use were not yet in place. Because users of the technique lacked necessary knowledge and experience, some early systems analyses resulted in faulty decisions that angered the U.S. Congress and embarrassed the DoD. The use of systems analysis was abruptly curtailed by the DoD until needed building blocks were put into place. A strengthened process reemerged that is being applied today. Lessons from U.S. experience with systems analysis can be useful to others interested in using the technique.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Operations Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE