What is an Adequate Decision Support System for the Operational Level of War
Monograph rept. AY89/90
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph seeks to define what a Decision Support System DSS is to the military decision maker, suggest some evaluation criteria, and propose a sample decision making aid. It examines the current doctrinal or academic work in the arena. The definition of a DSS, as defined by this paper, is a system that contributes to decision making. this is a system that helps the military decision-maker use data reports and observations and modelling wargaming to solve unstructured problems the fog of war and the environment of operations. The two major objectives of this DSS are to use time more efficiently, and to have better situational awareness. Civilian sources primarily contribute to what a DSS should be and provide some criteria to determine how to evaluate one. For a DSS from a military perspective, two documents come to the forefront, FM 100- 5, Operations and TRADOC Pamphlet 11-9, Blueprint of the Battlefield Draft. These are used to establish evaluation criteria that are used to measure the effectiveness of two experimental DSSs used in the monograph cited exercises. A sample DSS is discussed. This DSS was actually used and evaluated during two exercises conducted at the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth. These exercise were conducted at both the tactical and operational levels of war.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics