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Master of Science in Operations Research


Department of Operational Sciences

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Gregory S. Parnell, PhD


This research effort develops a methodology for Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) decision makers to use during mandated resource allocation exercises for comparing competing manpower allocation strategies. A value model is used to represent the hierarchical objectives of the command, with the primary objective being the attainment of maximum mission effectiveness in the face of constrained resources. Value model decomposition is patterned according to the command's organizational structure. Scoring functions derived using direct assessment survey techniques capture the relationship between manpower and mission effectiveness for lowest level organizations. An additive value function represents the model mathematically; the primary objective value is calculated as a weighted sum of objective values at all model levels beneath it. Results compare overall values obtained with several of AFMC's commonly used allocation strategies to values obtained with existing command manpower resources. Alternatives offering small diminishment (for mandated reductions), or great improvements (for mandated increases), from current value are the best candidates for further evaluation by decision makers. Model sensitivity to weights and to the types of scoring functions used is addressed.

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