Many productive hours are spent solving problems and making decisions. Complex decisions that affect the long-term capabilities of an organization and possibly even the welfare of the nation are often necessary. Advanced analysis methodology provides a more thorough and accurate view of the alternatives available in making a decision. Defense decisions, however, are almost always far more difficult. A decision may require simultaneous consideration of many interrelated factors. Choices must be balanced between modernization, force structure, readiness, and infrastructure in an environment of constrained resources that many times does not permit the best decision, but sometimes only the acceptable and rational decision. A decision may also involve substantial risks, especially when there is uncertainty and the consequences of the decision are not entirely predictable. A problem cannot be considered solved until there is an option that can be executed. The most brilliant solutions are worthless if they cannot be executed or if the costs of executing the solution exceed the benefits to be gained. The Decision Making Framework provides a solid foundation that can guide even the most experienced decision maker.