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Master of Science in Cost Analysis


This study develops a high level, unifying taxonomy for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (MS&A) products for the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). AFMC is concerned that limited resources are being expended on duplicative MS&A efforts. No mechanism exists that would confirm or deny this concern, so it was suggested that a database could be developed to catalog and track AFMC's MS&A inventory. First, it was necessary to determine the information that a decision maker needs to select a suitable MS&A product. Potential traits and characteristics were identified through review of current regulatory guidance, interviews with MS&A users, and a study of the current literature. Using the collected information, a survey was developed and distributed to 40 members of the Modeling and Simulation Technical Planning Integrated Product Team (M&S TPIPT). Survey results provided the foundation for developing a limited prototype database. This prototype was tested to ascertain the retrieval performance of the cataloging system. The test results failed to confirm the retrieval capability, but the test participants believed that cataloging AFMC's MS&A inventory would have great benefit.

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