Rule-Based Modeling as an Analysis Tool
Implications for Resource Allocation Within the Strategic Air Command
Examines the potential of rule-based modeling as an analysis tool for investigating resource allocation policy issues. Focus is on resource allocation within B-52 flying organizations of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). A rule-based computer system, DOSS (Decision Oriented Scheduling System), is demonstrated to provide a valid model of many variables that affect resource allocation of aircrews and aircraft. DOSS is then used to analyze effects on wing performance of several alternative decision rules and policies. Analysis focuses on the capability of SAC bomb wings, given current resources, to increase the SAC alert force and to fly more training sorties. The analysis has implications for the particular policy issues examined, but its more general aim is to illustrate the potential of DOSS for examining a broad range of resource allocation policy issues within SAC. A number of implications are discussed regarding the potential of rule-based modeling for improving organizational decisionmaking in general.