ON-LINE COMMAND AND CONTROL STUDY. PART I.
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BUNKER-RAMO CORP CANOGA PARK CA DEFENSE SYSTEMS DIV
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In most automated Command Information Systems, the military user is hampered by the lack of convenient means for communication with the computer system and by the inflexibility of the system to respond to a rapid change either in the type of problem to be solved or in the method of solving a standard problem. It is in these areas that on-line techniques show promise for improvement. The major objective of on-line techniques is to put the user directly in the problem-solving system loop in such a manner that the experience and intuition of the user becomes closely coupled with the powerful computational capabilities of the computer so that there is a balanced interaction between the capabilities of each. On-Line techniques employ a functional approach to permit the user to 1 communicate with the computer system conveniently in his own terminology 2 structure the problem solving process and 3 maintain continuous control over the system. Although Command and Control is emphasized in this study, the techniques described are general and should be useful in a wide range of problem solving applications. Author