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An assessment of competing facility location optimization parameters: a case study of the United States Navy, Morale Welfare and Recreation Facilities.

By Charles Emery. Bowers


This thesis addresses U. S. Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreational (MWR) locational planning. Despite the fact that Morale Welfare and Recreation facilities constitute but only one aspect of the military establishment, they are a critical part of the military member's entitlements package that affects both military morale and retention. Similar to other large organizations, the military's organizational structure and business practices are dynamic, constantly evolving to accommodate changing needs and expectations. However, the changing geopolitical environment of the post-cold war era has presented a particularly strong impetus for change. During this era the military's size, structure and resources have been significantly reduced. Accordingly, the Navy's MWR Facilities infrastructure must also be reduced both in terms of size and resources consumed. Yet as both a real and perceived part of the service member's entitlements, MWR services must be maintained if not improved. Addressing the conflicting objectives of minimizing cost while maximizing service comprises the focus of this thesi

Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Year: 2000
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