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This report documents the Joint Contingency Model (JICM), a global war gaming and analysis system that focuses on conflict from major regional contingencies through strategic warfare. The JICM is an outgrowth of the former RAND Strategy Assessment System (RSAS), engineered explicitly to address post-Cold War conflict issues. The JICM has been developed to support balance assessment, contingency analysis, and military training. It handles issues such as strategic mobility, ground combat maneuver and fires (including systems like ATACMS and future technological advances), the activities involved in achieving air or sea superiority, the ability to apply naval and aircraft fires against infrastructure targets or military forces in the field, and supplies and support of military forces. JICM is unique in its attempt to address qualitative factors such as unit cohesion and specialization, training, and national force effectiveness. It also deals with discontinuities in warfare such a breakthroughs and the failure of assaults. It is a global system because it includes, as part of its release, order of battle data for most major countries worldwide, relieving JICM users of the burden of having to develop such information. It also includes base cases covering conflicts in the Persian Gulf and Korea. Thus, the JICM comes as a ready-to-use package, though users will also find it easy to develop new theaters for analysis in the JICM.

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