An Integrating Framework for Interdisciplinary Military Analyses
- In the main, acquisition programs are pursued without detailed explanation of the value added in operational context, relative to higher and lower level missions, using a standard language.
- Effectiveness analyses (e.g., requirements, wargames, test, evaluation activities) are therefore not documented in a way that clearly relates system requirements to operational necessity using approved doctrinal terms.
- Absent formal mission descriptions:
- Material and soldier performance metrics are evaluated with incomplete knowledge of risk vs. reward trade-offs
- Acquisition activities proceed without standard, shareable performance and effectiveness metrics
- Specific analytic and test activities are prosecuted in isolation without the ability to integrate them holistically.
- System-of-System analyses proceed in the absence of requisite operational “team” context obtainable only from formal operational specification.
Towards a Solution
- This requires Defense-wide framework, language, and processes common to and shared by all participants
- Establish the pieces and how they fit together
- Resolve semantics and syntax issues
- Since it’s about mission success, better start with the mission
- Objective elements [facts!] are inherently quantifiable
- Subjective elements [expert opinion!] must nevertheless be framed quantitatively