Accession Number : ADA311595

Title :   Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile: A Case Analysis of Force Structure Issues Effecting the Program.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Tamilio, Douglas A.

PDF Url : ADA311595

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : Force structure issues are common in the acquisition of new technologies. In some cases, such as the Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile (EFOG-M), it has been a painstaking effort to come to any consensus on how this system should be used and what force structure should support it. The introduction of fiber optic technology to the modern battlefield promises to revolutionize current doctrine and address a new dimension of battle. Fiber optic technology may give tomorrow's military the ability to direct precision fires against non-line of sight (NLOS) targets. This thesis examines the force structure issues effecting the Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile (EFOG-M) program. The major focus is to determine if the current proposed force structure is the optimal solution and if not, suggest possible alternative solutions. Two courses of action were examined, both advocated deploying the EFOG-M system in platoon organizations organic to the battalion. An analysis of the current threat, previous studies, and concepts promulgated by Force XXI have enabled this study to recommended that the Army consider changing it's current plan of deploying the EFOG-M at brigade level and field the system at battalion level.

Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILES, *MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, FIBER OPTICS, OPTIMIZATION, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, COMBAT SUPPORT, BATTLEFIELDS, THESES, THREAT EVALUATION, PRECISION, LASER GUIDANCE, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, PLATOON LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE