COMBAT : A Series of On-Line Computer Programs for Force Cost Analysis.

by C. Teng, A. J. Tenzer

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A description, without listing, of COMBAT (Cost-Oriented Models Built to Analyze Tradeoffs), a group of six JOSS programs designed for quick calculation of the cost impact of changes in force structure design that might be considered during a strategic war game. COMBAT is composed of five separate weapon-system cost-estimating models--for aircraft, missile, ground, ship, and space systems--plus a time-phasing force cost-estimating model. The usual RAND cost-estimating techniques and inputs are used. The outputs are presented as static costs (i.e., without reference to time), on a year-by-year basis. The paper includes 15 charts and tables. (Prepared for presentation at the 1967 Computer Summer Workshop at West Point, sponsored by the U.S. Military Academy and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.) 27 pp.

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