An example of the application of operations research to missile ground system design. The paper discusses the roles of operations research in equipment design and the general readiness-testing design problem. For this problem, analyses are needed to specify: what tests are best done by each test method, the best test frequencies, and preferred equipment locations for each test. The essence of an analysis is provided, using Markov processes to describe the system operation, and a discrete programming formulation for the decision process.
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