Simulation and evaluation of logistics systems.
A description of PLANET (Planned Logistics Analysis and Evaluation Technique), designed to increase the possibility of discovering flaws in a weapon system before it becomes operational. Through testing, PLANET can obtain a measure of the costs of logistics support for various hardware configurations and operational requirements. It can also help in estimating needs, at various levels of reliability and maintainability, for maintenance manpower, equipment, and spare parts. Even though PLANET cannot optimize the hardware configuration, it permits examination of different configurations. It thereby allows the planner to quantify the relative effects of decisions during the planning and operating phases of a weapon system.