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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.

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