This comprehensive textbook provides a logical process for fact-based decision making for the most challenging systems problems. It is composed of three bedrock elements to improve readers' understanding and analysis of the most challenging systems problems that exist today: systems thinking, which identifies important interconnections between a system and its environment; systems engineering, which describes the activities of professional systems engineers; and, systems decision making, which provides fact-based information to support major system decisions made at every life cycle stage.
Gregory S. Parnell, PhD, is Professor of Systems Engineering in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. He has extensive experience in systems engineering, engineering management, and the analysis of major system decisions. He is also a Senior Principal with Innovative Decisions, Inc. His research and consulting has focused on defense, intelligence, environmental cleanup, and homeland security. Patrick J. Driscoll, PhD, is a Professor of Operations Research in the Department of Systems Engineering at USMA and a consultant to governmental and industrial organizations. A former associate dean for information and educational technology, his research and publications have produced novel insights into optimization and efficiency, information systems modeling, system dynamics effects, and strategy. Dale L. Henderson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at USMA and a Senior Analyst in the USMA Operations Research Center of Excellence (ORCEN), addressing complex challenges for U.S. Department of Defense systems on both a national and international scale.