Interim technical memo Oct 2004-Sep 2005
DMM VENTURES INC YORKTOWN VA
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Key to taking an effects-based approach to conflict is an ability to assess the outcomes-or effects- actions taken-to achieve those effects. Historically, assessment activities focused on the actions themselves and, at best, on progress towards achieving specific objectives, normally tactical objectives at component levels and operational and campaign or theater objectives at the Joint Task Force or Combatant Command level. The motivation for this research memo is to explore one way effects-based assessment EBA can be modeled. There is no attempt here to definitize an EBA process or completely identify necessary information requirements for an EBA model. The main audience for this memo is technology developers who might require some process and information requirements to begin designing technologies that might support that process. One would hope and expect through this research effort to identify different ways and means of conducting EBA all with the same end state of providing decision support technologies for EBA. This memo proceeds as follows. First working definitions are provided then EBA is explained from the current state-of-practice to an EBA approach to assessment. The main part of this memo offers one approach to constructing an EBA model that outlines the inputs, activities, and expected outputs from the model. Finally the memo ends with some suggestions for future research into effects-based assessment.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics