Accession Number : AD0867449

Title :   Information Flow and Combat Effectiveness. Part I. Summary and Results of a Study Evaluating the Effectiveness and Cost of the Tactical Operations System (TOS).

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Nov 65-Aug 69,

Corporate Author : RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s) : Tiede, R. V. ; Leake, L. A. ; Whipple, S., Jr

Report Date : APR 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : This report concerns a method for answering the questions: (1) How much is the combat effectiveness of a ground force changed when an improved tactical information system is added to the force; and (2) How does such a change in effectiveness compare with that from equal-cost addition of a maneuver element. The Army is sponsoring the development of computerized systems for improving the flow of tactical information within an army in the field. The current title for one such system is the 'tactical operations system' (TOS). RAC assisted in developing methods for evaluating these systems. This has resulted in the development of a combat model, designated as ADVICE II, in which the ability of ground force commanders to bring about improved combat results is examined as a function of whether one side in a simulated conflict is provided with a superior TOS or with an equal-cost increment or maneuver elements. A model has also been developed for estimating the incremental costs of additions of either TOS or maneuver elements.

Descriptors :   *DATA PROCESSING, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *TACTICAL WARFARE, ARMY OPERATIONS, COMBAT INFORMATION CENTERS, REAL TIME, COSTS, DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, COST EFFECTIVENESS, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, FLOW CHARTING, WAR GAMES, PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE