This Note describes a new approach to combat modeling and an application of this approach to modeling selected theaters of operation in a global model — the RAND Strategy Assessment System. There are five important features of this new approach: (1) using the model parallels the processes involved in developing a concept of operations or a game plan; (2) the model is rule-based rather than algorithm-based for both decision and assessment processes; (3) the model focuses on first defining a specific situation, and then selecting the most appropriate assessment process; (4) heavy emphasis is placed on the qualitative factors that determine the success or failure of operations, as well as the usual quantitative factors; and (5) the approach relies on the flexibility, clarity, structure, and speed of the RAND-ABEL programming language.
Allen, Patrick D. and Barry Wilson, The Secondary Land Theater Model. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1987. https://www.rand.org/pubs/notes/N2625.html. Also available in print form.
Allen, Patrick D. and Barry Wilson, The Secondary Land Theater Model, RAND Corporation, N-2625-NA, 1987. As of November 29, 2023: https://www.rand.org/pubs/notes/N2625.html