Accession Number : ADA188141

Title :   Naval C3 Distributed Tactical Decisionmaking.

Descriptive Note : Quarterly technical rept. 1 Jul-30 Sep 87,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR INFORMATION AND DECISION SYSTEMS

Personal Author(s) : Athans, Michael ; Levis, Alexander H

PDF Url : ADA188141

Report Date : 30 Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : The objective of the research is to address analytical and computational issues that arise in the modeling, analysis and design of distributed tactical decisionmaking. The research plan has been organized into two highly interrelated research areas: (a) Distributed Tactical Decision Processes; (b) Distributed Organization Design. The focus of the first area is the development of methodologies, models, theories and algorithms directed toward the derivation of superior tactical decision, coordination, and communication strategies of distributed agents in fixed organizational structures. The framework for this research is normative. The focus of the second area is the development of a quantitative methodology for the evaluation and comparison of alternative organizational structures or architectures. The organizations considered consist of human decisionmakers with bounded rationality who are supported by Command Control and Communication (C3) systems. The organizations function in a hostile environment where the tempo of operations is fast; consequently, the organizations must be able to respond to events in a timely manner. The framework for this research is descriptive. The research program has been organized into seven technical tasks: Real Time Situation Assessment; Real Time Resource Allocation; Impact of Information Discrepancy; Constrained Distributed Problem Solving; Evaluation of Alternative Organizational Architectures; Asynchronous Protocols; Information Support Structures; Integration of Results.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, ALGORITHMS, ALLOCATIONS, ARCHITECTURE, DISTRIBUTION, DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS, INTEGRATION, METHODOLOGY, ORGANIZATIONS, PLANNING, PROBLEM SOLVING, REAL TIME, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, STRATEGY, NAVAL OPERATIONS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE