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Master of Science


Two of Air Force Space Command's primary missions are ballistic missile warning and global navigation, accomplished by commanding and controlling Defense Support Program and Global Positioning System satellites respectively. The computerized ground control system, called the satellite command and control system (CCS) used to perform command and control of the satellites currently uses antiquated peripheral storage devices. These storage devices are critical components, but are often prone to failure, possibly resulting in adverse mission impact. The Air Force must choose an alternative storage device for use in conjunction with CCS in order to accommodate planned operations tempo increases. This thesis compares five alternative storage devices based on seven criteria supplied by the sponsor. The comparison method used in this a thesis is the Analytical Hierarchy Process model. The results of this study indicate that Amdahl's Spectris Platinum storage system will most effectively meet Air Force Space Command's needs in terms of the seven criteria each alternative was evaluated against.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology