Accession Number : ADA295455

Title :   Synergy in the Joint Conventional Strike Force.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Williams, Steven M.

PDF Url : ADA295455

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : This thesis analyses the synergy among components of the joint conventional strike force in order to determine the most effective force structure. The analysis begins by constructing a conceptual model of military decision behavior within the context of force structure decisions, using the two primary roles of military deterrence and warfighting. From the model, synergistic relationships are identified which are later exploited. The joint force components used in the analysis are aircraft carriers, surface combatants with Tomahawk cruise missiles, and long range bombers. Procurement and operating costs are estimated for the individual components, then combined into three equal cost joint forces with varying numbers of naval groups and bombers. A qualitative assessment of the ability of each joint force to deter conflict is made. Then, using a stylized scenario, the analysis quantifies warfighting effectiveness, both with and without considering attrition. However, total effectiveness is not a simple additive solution of deterrence and wartighting. The effects of synergy also must be weighed. The analysis concludes that a balanced joint force structure of both naval groups and bombers produces the greatest effectiveness.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *STRIKE WARFARE, *SYNERGISM, MODELS, COST ANALYSIS, NAVY, ATTRITION, THESES, COSTS, SOLUTIONS(GENERAL), CRUISE MISSILES, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), PROCUREMENT, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, BOMBER AIRCRAFT, DETERRENCE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Bombers
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE