This report describes a methodology called ORACLE — Oversight of Resources and Capability for Logistics Effectiveness. ORACLE's purpose is to assess the effects of varying certain resource levels on the peacetime materiel readiness and wartime sustainability of U.S. air forces, so that resource requirements can be better estimated and justified. It is intended primarily for use in the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting (PPB) process, but it can also be useful during execution. The author concludes that by itself, ORACLE should have significant value for resource planning. In conjunction with an improved forecasting capability and an execution tracking and control system, ORACLE's value will only be enhanced.
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