A review of the valid uses of operations research in the major economic and military-economic problems of underdeveloped countries. Certain qualifications and reservations are pointed out, these reservations tending to become more serious the higher the level of optimization of the particular problem. Despite these limitations, however, it seems clear that quantitative analytical techniques can make important contributions to improved decisionmaking by improving the level of discussion preceding the decisions, by clarifying the available choices, by focusing attention on the implicit values of a particular choice.
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