The Battalion Decision Aid: A Kernel Decision Support System
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The purpose of this thesis was twofold 1 To investigate the development of a user oriented, conceptual design of a decision support system DSS that would aid battalion level planners in generating course of action during the military planning process and 2 To investigate the military decision making that occurs during the planning process, to identify differences if they exist between echelons of command, and the feasibility of a scaled-down version of a corps, division, or brigade decision aid in meeting the needs for a battalion decision aid. The adaptive design methodology was used to develop a user oriented design of a kernel system which has the designed capability to start small and grow. Through this design process, the second purpose was also investigated. The use of the adaptive design tools concept mapping, storyboarding, and feature charts enabled the user-designer to determine the initial requirements for a battalion decision aid. Through the use of these tools, the problem space was bounded, and a key subproblem or kernel selected and descriptively modeled. Within the course of action generation subprocess of the military planning process, the array initial friendly forces process was identified as the kernel for the initial design of the battalion decision aid.
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