An Evaluation of the VISION Execution System Demonstration Prototypes

by Patricia Boren, Karen E. Isaacson, Judith E. Payne, Marc Robbins, Robert S. Tripp

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This report describes the prototype development for a U.S. Army combat-oriented logistics execution system with VISION (Visibility of Support Options). The Army calls this system the Readiness-Based Maintenance System (RBMS). RBMS prioritizes repair and distribution of spare parts by maximizing the probability of meeting unit-level weapon system availability goals. The report discusses the feasibility, effectiveness, and usability of RBMS through the use of analytic demonstration prototypes. It outlines the methodology behind RBMS and describes the outputs it produces. It then presents findings on RBMS's potential value for the Army, describes the input data requirements and the availability of usable data in present Army data systems, and discusses evaluation results of the demonstration prototypes. Finally, the report presents prospective users' evaluations of the perceived usefulness of the system and suggestions for its improvement.

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