Introduction to the USAF Total Force Cost Model

by H. G. Massey

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Designed to produce time-phased total manpower and dollar requirement estimates for 15-year projections of alternative future USAF force and support structures, the USAF Total Force Cost Model — sometimes referred to as the FORCE model — is currently operating on computers in the Air Staff Cost and Economic Analysis Division, Directorate of Management Analysis, Comptroller of the Air Force. This report presents an overview of the model, including its basic purposes and its relationship to the planning and programming process. Some examples and suggested applications are presented. Only the general features of the model and the methodology it employs are discussed. The FORCE model has potential for application in analysis of future forces for research and development planning; studies of alternative weapon systems for mission-oriented subsets of the force; and analysis of alternative future basing plans, training structure, or other support issues.

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