Accession Number : ADA254277

Title :   A New Approach for the Design and Evaluation of Land Defense Concepts,


Personal Author(s) : Romero, Philip J

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Report Date : Jan 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 264

Abstract : Although the development of new concepts for land warfare has been a U.S. Army priority since the early 1980s, few techniques are available that can help design or evaluate concepts in a rigorous, objective way. Indeed, the ter, 'concept' has in the past been used so freely that simply arriving at a suitable definition is a much needed prerequisite to systematic analysis. This report contains the results of a two year effort to develop an intellectual framework for thinking about, designing, and evaluating land defense concepts. The subject is of great importance to the Army because a concept of warfare can have (and under the Army's Concept-Based Requirements System (CBRS) is supposed to have) an enduring effect on doctrine, training, organizations, and weapon systems-in short, on virtually every aspect of the Army. The Army is stressing a particular level of warfare (the Operational Level) out of a belief in its central importance to planning and in recognition that this level has been substantially ignored in the past. To assist the Army in more systematically developing and evaluating prospective new concepts, this report presents. A definition of 'concepts' and a typology for describing them; An analytic approach to fully specify and evaluate concepts rigorously and efficiently; A quantitative model, the Method of Screening Concepts of Operational Warfare (MOSCOW), that permits analysts to describe different concepts concretely and to compare their resource demands at low levels of resolution.


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE