Applying systems analysis to the C-5 the basic analytical tools used were computer programs which evaluated C-5 characteristics and determined cost effectiveness. Three programs used to evaluate characteristic effectiveness were the loading program, productivity program, and effectiveness analysis program. The fourth program, a life cost model presentation, determined airplane cost effectiveness, and is presented in two levels-conceptual and contract definition phase, and acquisition phase.
A description of Pert-Tech techniques is also presented outlining how managers on the C-5 program were able to assess the technical health of the program and to pin-point problem areas where action had to be taken during developmental work.
Systems analysis applications presented illustrate one of the first cases where detailed alternatives on a major transportation system were measured against total system effectiveness to attain maximum product performance.