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Proceedings of Workshop on Transformation (4th), held on September 18-19 2002, at The Clubs at Quantico, Quantico Marine Base, Quantico, VA

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In August of 1998 the Collaborative Agent Design Research Center CADRC of the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo Cal Poly, approached Dr. Phillip Abraham of the Office of Naval Research ONR with the proposal for an annual workshop focusing on emerging concepts in decision-support systems for military applications. The proposal was considered timely by the ONR Logistics Program Office for at least two reasons. First, rapid advances in information systems technology over the past decade had produced distributed, collaborative computer-assistance capabilities with profound potential for providing meaningful support to military decision makers. Indeed, some systems based on these new capabilities such as the Integrated Marine Multi-Agent Command and Control System IMMACCS and the Integrated Computerized Deployment System ICODES had already reached the field testing and final product stages, respectively. Second, over the past two decades the US Navy and Marine Corps have been increasingly challenged by missions demanding the rapid deployment of forces into hostile or devastated territories with minimum or non-existent indigenous support capabilities. Under these conditions Marine Corps forces have to rely mostly, if not entirely, on sea-based support and sustainment operations. Operational strategies such as Operational Maneuver From The Sea OMFTS and Sea To Objective Maneuver STOM are very much in need of intelligent, real-time and adaptive decision-support tools to assist military commanders and their staff under conditions of rapid change and overwhelming data loads. In the light of these developments the Logistics Program Office of ONR considered it timely to provide an annual forum for the interchange of ideas, needs and concepts that would address the decision-support requirements and opportunities in combined Navy and Marine Corps sea-based warfare and humanitarian relief operations.

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  • Operations Research
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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