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Quantifying the Battlefield

by Martin Goldsmith

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Abstract

This research brief describes work documented in Quantifying the Battlefield; RAND Research at the National Training Center (MR-105-A), Applying the National Training Center Experience: Tactical Reconnaissance (N-2628-A) and Applying the National Training Center Experience: Incidence of Ground-to-Ground Fratricide (N-2438-A).

Excerpt: The National Training Center (NTC) was established with two purposes in mind: to train units and to disseminate tactical lessons learned throughout the Army. From the outset, the Army accomplished the first goal well, but as early as 1984, senior leaders were concerned that the lessons of success and failure during battles were not being captured. Although the Army had an extensive data-collection system in place, it was not organized to facilitate research, nor was it subject to systematic, quantitative analysis. Thus, many of the "lessons learned" were anecdotal, and it was unclear how broadly they applied.

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