The Pacific Missile Test Center Foreign Military Sales Management Information System

The concept of Management Information System (MIS) as used within this thesis refers to a defined set of procedures accomplished manually or with the aid of automated equipment whereby data is collected and processed to provide the management of an organization with the information it requires for assistance in fulfilling its responsibilities. This definition allows for great diversity in the character and composition of such systems and it is the role of the engineer to determine these features based on the requirements, constraints, and resources available to him. The concept of "systems approach" contradicts the popular misconceptions that MIS mandates the use of electronic data processing equipment and that the larger and more powerful a system is, the more effective it is. Instead, good design depends upon the extent to which design objectives are met, namely providing management with the information it requires. This criterion, in the final analysis, will determine whether the system is scrapped or whether it is implemented and utilized.