Accession Number : AD0286045

Title :   FIELD EXPERIMENTATION AS AN AID TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : MURDOCH,F.J. JR. ; EDMONDSON,CARL C.

Report Date : DEC 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Even as science has increasingly helped to develop the tools of war, so the methodology of science has been applied to military operations. Operations research, which involves the use of simulation or mathematical models to study the efficiency of man/machine systems, was fruitfully joined with field experimentation in the tactical studies conducted by USA CDEC. Several examples are cited wherein these field experiments contributed data as input to a computer simulation model, thereby contributing to the validity and practicality of the solutions sought. At the same time, the reciprocal benefits are discussed: the use of gaming and simulation studies to help define the factors to be tested in the field, and the use of field exercises to help check the validity of the analytical solutions. (Author)

Descriptors :   *OPERATIONS RESEARCH, ARMY OPERATIONS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE