Combat Synchronization Analysis
ARMY ARMOR CENTER AND FORT KNOX KY
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The Army is moving resolutely toward the development of digital battle command systems to provide greater lethality, survivability, and tempo to maneuver units on the battlefield. This modernization will allow battlefield operating systems to fully synchronize with each other, based on a common, near- real time view of the battlefield. The total effect of such a battle command system promises to provide an overall effectiveness improvement greater than any other single modernization effort. Analyses have tried to quantify the benefits of fielding digitized battle command. but have not focused on the contributions of digitized information systems to the overall effectiveness of the combat unit at the brigade level and below. To do this, a simple network model the Combat Synchronization Model was developed by the Directorate of Combat Developments, United States Army Armor Center. This model of tactical unit command and control networks uses the commercially available SLAM modeling language to simulate the tactical information network within companies, battalion, and brigades. The model, input with data concerning frequency, transmission time, and processing time of tactical information, establishes the time needed for units to react in a meaningful fashion to a given battlefield situation.
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