OR/SA Techniques in Computer Aided Design of Materiel,
ARMY WEAPONS COMMAND ROCK ISLAND IL
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Spectacular gains in the basic sciences and technologies during the past two decades have provided tools and techniques that may be used for advanced military systems, with qualitatively new capabilities. Along with this deluge of advanced technology has come the realization that organized techniques are required for making best use of the fundamental technology in advanced systems. This body of techniques has become known as System Engineering. While the optimization techniques developed and used by Operations ResearchSystems Analysis ORSA analysts are not yet in common use in materiel design, there is a positive trend that indicates they will become effective design tools. As noted in this paper, it appears clear that the techniques will have to be adopted to the features of the classes of materiel design in question. The examples outlined and discussed in this paper are intended only as illustrations of the kind of design problems that can be addressed.