Doctoral Dissertations


John Richards

Keywords and Phrases

Decision-support tool; Infrastructure assessment; Infrastructure resilience; Resilience matrix


“This research created the Mission Assurance Resilience Matrix, a decision framework that integrates existing infrastructure assessment methods with emerging resilience research to model resilience under uncertainty as part of a detailed infrastructure management system. This framework enables military decision makers to easily visualize deficiencies in infrastructure resilience and assess where to most efficiently allocate resources. This research further extends results by including modules on training and education as a component of the scope of work.

There are three significant contributions of this research. The first identifies the gaps of how and where modeling under uncertainty, infrastructure systems management, and resilient systems are integrated into the standard undergraduate and graduate engineering management curriculum. The second is the development of the Mission Assurance Resilience Matrix (MARM), a quantitative visual tool to communicate the impact of project selection decisions to enhance resilience of military infrastructure systems and assist decision makers in understanding how a singular project may influence the resilience of multiple systems using the tradespace analysis. The third is the verification of the MARM model as a computer-based, decision-support tool.

While the implementation of this research is specific to military installations, the framework developed is broadly applicable and can be expanded to incorporate the entire MAA framework as well as extended to support assessment of the resilience of public and private non-military infrastructure systems”--Abstract, page iv.


Long, Suzanna, 1961-

Committee Member(s)

Corns, Steven
Qin, Ruwen
Canfield, Casey I.
Burken, Joel G. (Joel Gerard)
Schreiner, James


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2020

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • A mixed method study of infrastructure resilience education and instruction
  • Improving mission assurance assessments for resilience of military installations
  • Verifying the mission assurance resilience matrix through the modified Delphi method and system usability scale
  • Using sensitivity analysis to improve mission assurance assessments of military installations


xvi, 159 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 11798

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