THE USE OF MANNED SIMULATION IN THE DESIGN OF AND OPERATIONAL CONTROL SYSTEM.
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The paper describes the general features of the planning and operations phases of a new weapon system. The uncertainties inevitable in planning mean that considerable effort is made during the operations phase to adjust the weapon system and its resources to the actual environment it finds so as to attain the desired level of operational capability. The adjustment mechanism is called an operational control system. Elements of such an operational control system are described. The proposal is made that a better control system can be designed if simulation is used to help design it during the planning phase. The use of simulation will not only produce a better control system earlier but it will permit the planners to adjust the other resources provided for the weapon system so that they are compatible with the environment and the control system. An example of such a study is described. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics