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Analytical support for defense planning

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A discussion of analytical techniques to assist in the defense-planning process. The paper describes the complex problems, formal analytical structure, and contributions of systems analysis, as well as the application of war gaming to limited war problems. The side benefits concurrent with the development and use of systems analysis and gaming methods are listed: weapon-system cost analysis, total-force-structure cost analysis and program budgeting, Monte Carlo methods, new computational techniques, dynamic-programming concepts and methods, and new ways of measuring system effectiveness. The shortcomings of these analytical methods are discussed. 6 pp.

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