A Methodology to Assess the Value of Communication Systems
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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A major shortcoming in current defense communications architecture acquisition is the lack of credible methods to assess the operational value of the various architecture alternatives. Modern communication systems are procured on the basis of how well they meet system performance criteria, but little is understood about how the individual systems increase the operational value of the entire defense communications architecture. This paper applies the Decision Analysis technique of Value-Focused Thinking VFT to develop a methodology to assess the operational value of communications architectures. The research employs VFT to develop a value model linking the tasks and attributes of communications systems with operational value, then demonstrates the ability of the model to compare competing communication acquisition alternatives by exercising the model in a hypothetical architecture decision example. The Communications Value model is useful for assessing operational value of the current defense architecture baseline and its competing acquisition alternatives, and also to generate additional alternatives that enhance or increase overall communications architecture operational value.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems