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Mark John Cwick-Major, United States Marine Corps B.S., Unites States Naval Academy, 1982 Master of Science in Operations Research-September 1996 Advisor: Robert R. Read, Department of Operations Research Second Reader: Lyn Whitaker, Department of Operations Research


One of the primary tools available to a Unified Commander-in-Chief (CINC) for training his staffs in execution of their joint plans is a command post exercise supported by a computer simulation. This is commonly referred to as a Computer Aided Exercise (CAX). The computer simulation used for this thesis is the Joint Theater Level Simulation (JTLS). Currently, the after-action reviews (AARs) are mostly subjective in nature with very little quantitative analysis. The objective of this thesis is to develop a methodology for quantitatively evaluating the data produced by the computer simulation and presenting this analysis graphically. The methodology is based on the Universal Joint Task List which is a comprehensive listing of all joint tasks pertaining to the Armed Forces of the United States. These joint tasks provide the critical events that are analyzed during the CAX. The graphs display a causal audit trail for the critical events of the CAX. The focus of this thesis is on Strategic Task Four, Theater Logistics, with specific analysis of amphibious logistics operations.