The paper “A Military Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making Framework for Naval Ship Design and Acquisition” was published in the Naval Engineers Journal, Summer 2005 edition. The authors have developed a new framework for performing military effectiveness analysis and design tradeoff decisions. The paper provides an extensive survey of the available literature for effectiveness analysis and multi-criteria decision making to develop a single consistent philosophy for analyses. This philosophy is applied to a requirements and effectiveness analysis case study of a conventional submarine that is performed using response surface methods to facilitate design space visualization and decision maker interaction. Measures of merit are developed and applied to the case study. The resulting requirements space and methods to visualize and explore it in a decision making context are presented and discussed in this exceptional technical paper.
The authors have proposed a framework that would facilitate concurrent consideration of requirements and effectiveness analyses with design and technology forecasting to create a unified tradeoff environment that would provide decision makers with pertinent information to facilitate better informed requirements derivation and design selection.
This authors’ methodology represents a profound improvement over traditional, ad hoc tradeoff methodologies; providing a continuous, interactive design space examination tool that can be used by decision makers in real time to simultaneously explore the impact of requirements, product design variables and emerging technologies during concept formulation and development. The authors are highly deserving of the Society’s 2005 “Jimmie” Hamilton Award.