Accession Number:

AD0731749

Title:

Use of Weather-Information in Determining Cost/Performance and Force-Mix Tradeoffs: Weather and Warplanes. I,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

47.0

Abstract:

The report presents a selective overview of weather-effect studies over the past 20 years, and proposed methods for incorporating weather factors into the force planning and acquisition process. So-called all-weather systems have higher cost and, often, lower effectiveness than simpler systems, and may be stopped by sufficiently bad weather. Force deployment decisions could be tailored to the operational environment, if the weather sensitivities of systems and subsystems were realistically tested at the various stages of development, and sufficient research were done to enable these sensitivities to be translated into gross weather and climate parameters. Military aircraft are tested in nearly perfect weather, while nearly every type of weather in the world can be found somewhere in the U.S. Appendixes, coauthored respectively by C5 Schutz and R. R. Rapp, document the need for weather sensitivity tests, and present a preliminary mathematical model for including weather factors in force planning. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE