Communication Overview Program (COP),
MASSACHUSETTS TECHNOLOGICAL LAB BETHESDA MD WASHINGTON DIV
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In establishing a communications system for fulfilling a given mission requirement, multiple levels of decision-making processes are encountered. The decision making process at the lowest level, such as subsystem design and component specification can be accomplished by known routines and procedures, or even by computer packages known as CAD. The middle level of decision-making involves professional articulation as the processes generally involve trade-offs and optimization. As such, engineering prejudice, preference and experience play a significant role. The highest level of decision making, because of its nature, generally is more policy oriented rather than technically oriented. In this level, a broad view including the background, the finance, priority and other administrative concerns are included for decision. The unfortunate part of this is that the decision makers often do not have the necessary insight in making a proper technical decision which has a profound and unequivocal impact on the implementation at lower levels. The Communication Overview Program COP is being developed to provide an electromagnetic assessment tool to be used in planning and implementing C3 and data transmission systems under the Army 21 Concept.
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