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A New Approach for the Design and Evaluation of Land Defense Concepts,

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Although the development of new concepts for land warfare has been a U.S. Army priority since the early 1980s, few techniques are available that can help design or evaluate concepts in a rigorous, objective way. Indeed, the ter, concept has in the past been used so freely that simply arriving at a suitable definition is a much needed prerequisite to systematic analysis. This report contains the results of a two year effort to develop an intellectual framework for thinking about, designing, and evaluating land defense concepts. The subject is of great importance to the Army because a concept of warfare can have and under the Armys Concept-Based Requirements System CBRS is supposed to have an enduring effect on doctrine, training, organizations, and weapon systems-in short, on virtually every aspect of the Army. The Army is stressing a particular level of warfare the Operational Level out of a belief in its central importance to planning and in recognition that this level has been substantially ignored in the past. To assist the Army in more systematically developing and evaluating prospective new concepts, this report presents. A definition of concepts and a typology for describing them An analytic approach to fully specify and evaluate concepts rigorously and efficiently A quantitative model, the Method of Screening Concepts of Operational Warfare MOSCOW, that permits analysts to describe different concepts concretely and to compare their resource demands at low levels of resolution.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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