Accession Number : ADA319851

Title :   Evolution of the Air Campaign Planning Process and the Contingency Theater Automated Planning System (CTAPS),

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Gonzales, Daniel R.

PDF Url : ADA319851

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 126

Abstract : This report examines CTAPS and the air campaign planning process and proposes modifications to both that will help remedy these deficiencies and dramatically increase the responsiveness of U.S. air forces in large conflicts. It examines the functionality of CTAPS and the structure of the air campaign planning process in detail. Provided is a top-level description of the system and a summary of findings for improving CTAPS and the air campaign planning process. CTAPS is a complex automated support system that runs on a large networked set of computer work stations. Because of its ancestry and the evolutionary acquisition approach used in its development, CTAPS is a complex combination of applications that have been modified to run together with minimal interference in the same client-server computing environment. The four key applications used in the ATO production process in version 5.0x of CTAPS and the key data flows in the process are shown in Figure S.1. There are many more applications in CTAPS 5.0x; however, for simplicity we have included only the major ones in the figure.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *AERIAL WARFARE, *COMPUTER NETWORKS, *MILITARY PLANNING, *DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS, AIR FORCE, AUTOMATION, ACQUISITION, COMPUTERS, EVOLUTION(GENERAL), WORK STATIONS, FLOW.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE