Accession Number : ADA309477

Title :   A Complex Dragon in a Chaotic Sea: New Science for USMC Information Age Decisionmakers.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Logan, Robert R.

PDF Url : ADA309477

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : This paper explores the applicability of the 'new sciences' of nonlinear dynamics, deterministic chaos, and complex adaptive systems to the analysis and design of military decisionmaking processes for the information age. It begins with a review of Newtonian scientific concepts that created a worldview of system behavior still dominant today. The emergence and tenets of the new sciences are then developed with emphasis on nonlinear systems and their unique characteristics. A model of the military decisionmaking process associated with military command and control is then presented in terms of an information feedback system. This model shows the nonlinearity of such systems and the impact of their chaotic and complex attributes. Finally, the United States Marine Corps' information age concept of advanced warfighting, 'Sea Dragon,' proves well suited for a decisionmaking process designed with new science principles in mind.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *MARINE CORPS PLANNING, DYNAMICS, CHAOS, NONLINEAR SYSTEMS, FEEDBACK, ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Radio Communications
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE