Operational Thread Development: A Structured Approach to Capability Analysis
AIR FORCE EXPERIMENTATION OFFICE LANGLEY AFB VA
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This paper will introduce the Operational Thread Development OTD methodology for analyzing warfighting capability and assessing the contribution of potential solutions to filling identified capability deficiencies. The concept of effects-driven, capabilities-based planning and analysis has dominated the military force structure planning and acquisition cycles in recent years. Recently revised documents such as CJCSI 3170.01E, Joint Capabilities and Development System, require a rigorous approach to analyzing potential solutions to warfighting capability deficiencies. However, attempting to implement this guidance in a large-scale field experiment has proven challenging. OTD is a new, structured approach to planning, designing, and analyzing a large-scale field experiment that supports the capabilities-based construct. Specifically, this paper will describe the framework for capability analysis that was used for planning Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2006 JEFX 06 a process for developing, executing, and analyzing operational threads and a web-based toolset that supports this approach.
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