A Systems Engineering Approach to NATO Standardization.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The increased threat from Warsaw Pact forces combined with recognition of the inability of NATO forces to cooperate fully in combat has caused emphasis to be placed on standardization of equipment, procedures, and tactics. The Conference of National Armaments Directors CNAD and the Military Agency for Standardization MAS are the NATO organizations tasked with implementation of standardization. The CNAD concerns itself primarily with requirements determination. The MAS develops NATO-wide agreements at a low system level. Neither organization is concerned with the total system life cycle nor does an effective user-producer dialogue exist. A systems approach is presented as a rational way of making standardization decision. A hierarchy of standardization and a system design model are described as methodologies for decision-making. Alternative ways of implementing the systems approach are examined using the system design model. A recommendation is made to establish a systems engineering activity, within CNAD, to direct and coordinate all standardization activities. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics