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Master's Culminating Experience

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This thesis examines the automation of the Directorate of Research and Development Contracting at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Background information on the Directorate is given along with the previous methods of producing contractual documents. The central problem of the thesis is to determine if the benefits of automating the Directorate outweigh the costs. A cost benefit analysis was used to make this determination. Each cost and each benefit is discussed in great detail along with the methodology used to measure each particular cost and benefit. The results of the study showed that the net present value of all benefits was greater than the net present value of all costs, thus, automation should be implemented. The potential implications discussed include a redefining of the clerical job description and the possible elimination of clerical and contracting jobs due to the increased efficiency provided by the automation .