Date of Award

Fall 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Committee Director

Resit Unal

Committee Member

Charles Keating

Committee Member

Adrian Gheorghe

Committee Member

Ariel Pinto


United States (U.S.) military bases have largely been constructed outside of the contiguous United States (OCONUS) due to the need of close support logistics for conflicts and wars. In contrast, military bases within the contiguous United States (CONUS) have been constructed mostly due to economic and other related monetary factors. In addition to monetary concerns for the placement of military bases (specifically naval bases), there exists tactical, environmental, cultural, climate, logistical, and geographical issues that need to be fully considered before deciding on a naval installation location and the vessels to be stationed there. I will present a new toolkit to aid in the decision making process for placing naval vessels to maximize their strategic advantage—while reducing and managing risks—increasing the ability to protect and deter unforeseen threats and—if necessary—fight a future war while adhering to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) maritime strategy. The modification of a current integer linear program by introducing the Elimination Et Choix Traduisant la Realité (Electre) III MCDA model will be used to simulate a variety of naval fleet placement factors, weights, and decision maker (DM) preferences to aid in selection of mission scenarios.