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Appraising design

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Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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In the context of military operations, ideas about design developed over the past fifteen years to create a process to gain deeper understanding to inform conceptual planning. While all offer a holistic understanding of a given environment and problem to focus military efforts, each offers a different way to develop this understanding. Army Design Methodology and Operational Design require a series of frames that result in a broad operational approach. Systemic Operational Design requires a discourse involving seven steps organized into two major components termed system framing and operational framing. There are several criteria that one can use in order to evaluate these methodologies. A methodologys ability to better facilitate command in an uncertain environment is critical. Likewise, logistics systems should be able to bring material to the mission in sufficient quantities to support success. Intelligence should be sufficiently flexible to allow for uncertainty about the enemy and still provide sufficient data about the enemy. A militarys culture may make one methodology preferable to another. Finally, ones ability to communicate ones ideas and intent easily in a common and easily understood language is also a strength. Using the variables of command, logistics, intelligence, culture, and communications, one can evaluate each of these methodologies to judge which offers advantages and in what context.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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