Weapon Mix and Exploratory Analysis A Case Study,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This documented briefing discusses the advantages of exploratory analysis over more traditional model-based analysis in the context of the weapon mix problem. We illustrate this difference first by example and then by definition. In the example, we walk through a traditional analytic approach and show the kinds of results that are often observed. We then perform a different kind of analysis-based on a large number of computational experiments the same problem, and show that this kind of analysis provides more information and keener insights than we originally obtained. We continue by describing more generally this methodology, which we define as exploratory analysis, and demonstrate its benefits to the decisionmaker and the analyst. We also discuss what is required to perform this type of analysis. Research is performed in three programs Strategy and Doctrine, Force Modernization and Employment, and Resource Management and System Acquisition.
- Ammunition and Explosives