Accession Number:

ADA464445

Title:

Effects-Based Operations: A Historical Perspective for a Way Ahead

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

GEORGE MASON UNIV FAIRFAX VA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS AND INTELLIGENCE

Report Date:

2003-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

Since the Gulf War, there has been a technology-driven rapid enhancement of military capabilities across a spectrum of disciplines. At the same time, the concept of Effects-Based Operations EBO has been evolving and gaining acceptance as a better way of thinking about military planning, execution, and assessment. In this paper, the authors review what the research and development community has done to support this change. They investigate methods, tools, and techniques that have been developed to enable the warfighters in the theater and civilian and military leadership to analyze complex situations, determine desired effects, and develop alternative courses of action that can be compared and evaluated. Their purpose is to focus on the directions that the RD community should take to provide this needed capability to the operator. This is, unfortunately, a case of the RD community not leading, but trying to catch up to the operators needs.

Subject Categories:

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE