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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Marvin A. Arostegui, PhD


Vehicle fleets under gird the mission of Air Force bases. Under funding for vehicle replacement requirements raised concerns and has led to purchasing alternative vehicles classified as equipment items to supplement budget shortfalls. In order to effectively use funds and meet mission requirements, Pacific Air Force (PACAF) commanders need an adjustable multifactor decision tool that will allow them to make an informed purchasing decision from among appropriately classified equipment item vehicles. This research will discuss existing regulatory restrictions to alternative transportation purchases, consider available alternative vehicles, and determine the attributes important to vehicle purchases. A review of current Air Force Instruction on vehicles and purchases, as well as researching commercially available alternative vehicles, and conducting an investigative questionnaire resulted in the development of a multifactor weighted decision making model. Through application of the Analytic Hierarchy Process based on responses to the investigative questionnaire, an optimum alternative vehicle for PACAF was discovered. This research concludes with the development and application of a multifactor weighted decision making tool appropriate for assisting with alternative vehicle choices. Further, the research concludes that either the John Deere Gator or Kawasaki Mule are the optimum alternative vehicle choices for PACAF units.

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