An Integrating Framework for Interdisciplinary Military Analyses

Paul H. Deitz, Ph.D., LTC(R) Britt E. Bray
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Problem Statement

  • In the main, acquisition programs are pursued without detailed explanation of the value added in operational context, relative to higher and lower level missions, using a standard language.
  • Effectiveness analyses (e.g., requirements, wargames, test, evaluation activities) are therefore not documented in a way that clearly relates system requirements to operational necessity using approved doctrinal terms.
  • Absent formal mission descriptions:
    • Material and soldier performance metrics are evaluated with incomplete knowledge of risk vs. reward trade-offs
    • Acquisition activities proceed without standard, shareable performance and effectiveness metrics
    • Specific analytic and test activities are prosecuted in isolation without the ability to integrate them holistically.
    • System-of-System analyses proceed in the absence of requisite operational “team” context obtainable only from formal operational specification.

Towards a Solution

  • This requires Defense-wide framework, language, and processes common to and shared by all participants
  • Establish the pieces and how they fit together
  • Resolve semantics and syntax issues
  • Since it’s about mission success, better start with the mission
  • Objective elements [facts!] are inherently quantifiable
  • Subjective elements [expert opinion!] must nevertheless be framed quantitatively