Simulation and long-range planning for resource allocation

by Robert M. Rauner

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Part of a broader investigation concerned with the development of method of large-scale, manned simulation and with its application to some allocation problems faced by long-range planners in Air Force logistics organizations. This paper describes one of the major simulations RAND has conducted and suggests ways in which this research technique might bear upon allocation theory and practice. It is concluded that manned simulations appear promising to those planners who must choose between alternative resource allocations as they design complex systems in which man plays some kind of managerial role.

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