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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Ellen C. England, PhD


The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in government disputes is mandated by the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1990. The use of ADR to resolve disputes provides a quick and inexpensive resolution versus litigation. The Air Force currently has a very strong ADR program in place to resolve acquisition and workplace disputes. However, the varied conditions and situations of environmental issues have prevented the Air Force from achieving similar success in this area. This research analyzes the experiences of 26 Environmental Conflict Resolution Practitioners who have resolved environmental disputes using ADR techniques. Content analysis and pattern matching were used to provide insight into the current use of ADR techniques in military environmental disputes. The insight gained from this research provides the Air Force with information to better understand the current practices in environmental ADR and also provides areas for further research.

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