The Role of System Modelling and Simulation in Royal Australian Navy Capability Management
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)
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This report examines the Navy Capability Management process that has evolved from the 1995 review of RAN logistics Support and in response to the more-recent Government focus on output based management of ADF assets. This report seeks to show that capability management should be based on quantitative measures, including the insertion of Measures of Performance and Measures of Effectiveness at appropriate points in the management process. Capability management must also refer to operational requirements and is therefore a requirements-driven process. However, the principal difficulty with this management process is the lack of processes and supporting tools. Modelling and simulation are presented in this report as a means of addressing this difficulty. The main purpose of modelling and simulation is to predict the behaviour of ADF assets RAN platforms and platform systems in response to their environments. Environments in this context refer to changing operational requirements and constraints both within and external to the model. Capability management is a forward-looking, dynamic process and therefore there is a need to develop matching dynamic models as capability management tools. There is no single model that can be generally applied to the many capability management problems however modelling may be applied effectively to address specific management and technical issues. Models representing the RAN platforms and platform systems, when applied in a simulation process under a range of conditions, can provide useful capability management information. This information may be used to develop appropriate quantitative performance measures.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics