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Performance Indexing: Assessing the NonMonetized Returns on Investment in Military Equipment

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Authors: Ian D. MacLeod and Capt Robert A. Dinwoodie, USMC

A prime managerial concern is how to decide which investment alternatives provide the greatest return with least risk of loss. In civilian organizations, numerous methods and formulas assist these decisions. However, in military and other governmental agencies, these methods often fall short because typical governmental investments do not have a monetary return. The processes underpinning governmental resource allocation and acquisition decisions are often cumbersome and time consuming. In this article, the authors present a unique application of composite indexing methods to compare the return on investment in military equipment. They posit that this analytical method can improve government agencies’ investment decisions for capital equipment, especially when methods that are more laborious cannot be executed in the allotted time frame.

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