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Mission-system planning: an application of multiresolution, multiperspective modeling, and exploratory analysis
Author(s): Paul K. Davis
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes mission-system planning (MSP) and mission-system analysis (MSA). It relate their needs to two frontier subjects: multi resolution, multi perspective modeling (MRMPM) and exploratory analysis. After a brief explanation of mission-system planning, I describe an application: the mission of halting a mechanized invasion force with long-range fires such as fighter and bomber aircraft. The application involves defining the relevant system, decomposing it analytically, and assessing overall system effectiveness over a relevant scenario space. The appropriate decomposition depends on one's point of view and responsibilities, and may have both hierarchical and network aspects. The result is a need for multiple levels of resolution in each of several perspectives. Evaluation of system capabilities then requires models. Strategically useful mission-system evaluation requires low-resolution (highly abstracted models), but the validity and credibility of those evaluations depends on deeper work and is enhanced by the ability to zoom in on components of the system problem-to explore underlying mechanisms and related capabilities in more detail. Given success in such matters, the remaining challenge is to find reductionist ways in which to display and explain analysis conclusions and motivate decisions. This also requires abstraction, the soundness of which can be enhanced with appropriate tools for data analysis of results from the exploratory work across scenario space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4367, Enabling Technology for Simulation Science V, (19 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.440009
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Paul K. Davis, The RAND Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4367:
Enabling Technology for Simulation Science V
Alex F. Sisti; Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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