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Affordable Acquisition Decision Aid



The Affordable Acquisition Decision Aid (AADA), is the product of a multi-year research project jointly conducted with General Dynamics Information Technology for the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). AADA is based on genetic algorithm search and optimization technology developed by Prometheus under contract to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

The AADA tool supports:
• high-level investment decisions among diverse proposed technology investments
• prediction of future asset performance with respect to a diverse range of high-level objectives
• accounting for technological risks, uncertainty in future objectives and threats, and uncertainty in future costs and budgets.

The underlying AADA technology is based on:
• incorporating simulation-based operational considerations into a software tool for the acquisition planning process,
• evaluating overall acquisition strategy by considering the cooperation among future assets in achieving high-level objectives, and
• applying genetic algorithms for determining the utility of future assets by performing near-optimal allocation of assets to objectives.


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