Date of Award

Summer 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computational Modeling & Simulation Engineering


Modeling and Simulation

Committee Director

Patrick T. Hester

Committee Member

John A. Sokolowski

Committee Member

Ginger Watson


A general methodological approach for determining the selection of military training simulations with respect to military training requirements has not been developed. This thesis undertakes a literature review, which indicated that there was a need for a multi-criteria decision making model to assist acquisition and/or training planners in making training selection decisions. The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) Model was selected from a multi-criteria decision-making model candidate list for evaluation of its efficacy in selecting military training simulations based upon the military training requirements. Four separate trainee populations, Alpha, Beta, Charlie, and Delta, were evaluated. Results from the Alpha study case showed evidence of the AHP model providing consistency between the participants' preferred choice and their demographic background. This indicates that the AHP model may be a useful multi-criteria decision-making method for acquisition and/or training planners. These results indicate that decision-makers should: I) allow for more than a low-level of effort on the front-end when creating the necessary AHP input, 2) reflect on the selection of attributes as a critical step in establishing the AHP model hierarchy, and 3) consider the level of detail needed for input into the AHP model. Further, results from the Beta, Charlie, and Delta populations indicate that an approach has been developed which is consistent across groups and displays strong alternative preferences that are consistent.