Accession Number:

ADA621732

Title:

Operational Energy/Operational Effectiveness Investigation for Scalable Marine Expeditionary Brigade Forces in Contingency Response Scenarios

Descriptive Note:

Capstone project rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Report Date:

2014-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

357.0

Abstract:

In todays austere fiscal environment the United States Marine Corps USMC seeks to increase overall mission effectiveness, while maintaining or improving combat effectiveness, through efficient energy use in the battle space. This capstone project examined operational energy efficiencies through the specification, modeling, and data analysis associated with force scale alternatives of a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force SPMAGTF unit operating in the West Africa Area of Responsibility AOR. A Title 10 war games evolution was elaborated to support a robust operational concept. A Model Based Systems Engineering MBSE approach was utilized to support the Analysis of Alternatives AoA. Agent Based Modeling and Simulation ABMS provided the foundation to explore autonomous battle space activity and its relationship to operational energy. Design of Experiments DOE principles were used to specify force scale levels suitable for examination of the tradespace. The research objectively sought to understand the relationship between force scale, energy use, and mission effectiveness. Results support findings regarding key energy drivers, energy dependencies across the combat elements of the battle space, economies of scale, and net-centricity. The findings inform evaluation of force application doctrine in small land battle engagements, and provide modeling artifacts for future research efforts.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE