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Improving Resource Allocation Within the National Reconnaissance Office


  • Gregory S. Parnell

    () (Department of Systems Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996-1779 and Toffler Associates, 302 Harbor's Point, 40 Beach Street, Manchester, Massachusetts 01944)

  • G. Edgar Bennett

    () (Operational Support Office, National Reconnaissance Office, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, Virginia 20151-1715)

  • Joseph A. Engelbrecht

    () (Toffler Associates, 302 Harbor's Point, 40 Beach Street, Manchester, Massachusetts 01944)

  • Richard Szafranski

    () (Toffler Associates, 302 Harbor's Point, 40 Beach Street, Manchester, Massachusetts 01944)


Each year the Operational Support Office of the US National Reconnaissance Office searches for ways to provide better space-reconnaissance information to military and national leaders. We used future value analysis, a combination of three methods to assess future opportunities: (1) a strategic assessment of future opportunities and challenges, (2) a multiple-objective decision analysis using value-focused thinking, and (3) a portfolio analysis using optimization. We then developed a multiple-objective value model to communicate values, evaluate individual tasks, and develop higher value tasks. We used an optimization model to identify the best portfolio of tasks. The office used the models to identify the best tasks for its annual budget in 1998 and, with revisions, in the next two years.

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  • Gregory S. Parnell & G. Edgar Bennett & Joseph A. Engelbrecht & Richard Szafranski, 2002. "Improving Resource Allocation Within the National Reconnaissance Office," Interfaces, INFORMS, vol. 32(3), pages 77-90, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orinte:v:32:y:2002:i:3:p:77-90

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    1. Gregory S. Parnell & Harry W. Conley & Jack A. Jackson & Lee J. Lehmkuhl & John M. Andrew, 1998. "Foundations 2025: A Value Model for Evaluating Future Air and Space Forces," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 44(10), pages 1336-1350, October.
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    1. Robert T. Clemen & James E. Smith, 2009. "On the Choice of Baselines in Multiattribute Portfolio Analysis: A Cautionary Note," Decision Analysis, INFORMS, vol. 6(4), pages 256-262, December.

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