The DRAIR Advisor: A Knowledge-Based System for Materiel Deficiency Analysis

Brian L. Robey, Pamela K. Fink, Sanjeev Venkatesan and Carol L. Redfield, Southwest Research Institute; Jerry W. Ferguson, US Air Force Materiel Command

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command designed and developed an automated system for the preparation of Deficiency Report Analysis Information Reports (DRAIRs). The DRAIR provides Air Force engineers with an analysis of an aircraft item’s performance history that includes maintenance, supply, and cost. The DRAIR also recommends improvements for a deficient materiel or aircraft Part. The successful design, development, and deployment of the DRAIR Advisor system by applying a combination of knowledge-based system and database management techniques are the subject of this paper.

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