FleetSight's Unique Capabilities

The FleetSight life cycle management and simulation tool will trace the impact of decisions on cost, performance, availability and scheduling of supported systems during their operations and support (O&S) phase. There is no limit to the number of "what-if?" scenarios you can develop with FleetSight. For example, you can use FleetSight to:

  1. Simulate
    • different technology development cycles and program lifetimes,
    • component operation and component failure costs,
    • links among interdependent subsystems,
    • changes in maintenance procedures or facilities,
    • past and current systems as well as future systems, and
    • logistics support operations.
  2. Analyze and test
    • new technology opportunities,
    • "what-if?" consequences of alternative life extension strategies,
    • competing policy options,
    • sensitivity of system response to different parameter assumptions, and
    • shifts in system performance due to budget constraints, mission stress or alternative maintenance schedules.
  3. Calculate direct O&S costs.
  4. Forecast annual maintenance and support efforts.

What Makes FleetSight Unique

  1. Simulate
    • Causal feedback structure
    • Management-oriented
    • Not data dependent
    • Complex weapons programs
    • Activity-based cost
    • Life cycle costing
  2. Full Range Application
    • Strategic (e.g., replacement)
    • Tactical (e.g., readiness drivers)
    • Operational (e.g., resource usage)

FleetSight differs from traditional life cycle cost models because it is grounded in causality, not data correlations. System dynamics simulation methods duplicate real-world behavior because the model follows the same causal logic that underlies reality. The transparency of the system dynamics modeling methodology and its flexibility in allowing users to quickly alter model assumptions or test alternative life extension options contributes to model credibility and encourages its application. Managers and analysts obtain more realistic projections than those generated by conventional, static forecasting methods. A dynamic model also enables management to explore the reasons why long-term life cycle support rises or falls in response to alternative technology decisions and support policies.

In many programs designed to support sophisticated weapons systems, the real risk of management lies in unwittingly creating a decision environment in which none of the cost and performance tradeoffs appear acceptable. Actions aimed at solving immediate problems can lead to unintended consequences that create new problems while, at the same time, seeming to limit management's options. Costs projections can begin to spiral out of control while performance inevitably suffers. By offering a control structure to test the consequences of alternative "what-if?" assumptions and scenarios, FleetSight can help program managers avoid ineffective actions, reduce program risk, lower support costs, and develop an affordable strategy to meet program requirements.


Decision Dynamics, Inc.
7565 F Burke Center Parkway, # 340
Burke, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 250-1884
Fax: (703) 250-2987