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

by A. J. Tenzer, C. Teng, J. J. Kermisch

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A description of COMBAT, the Cost Oriented Model Built to Analyze Tradeoffs, that enables the analyst to participate, through Rand's time-shared computer system JOSS, in a war-gaming or planning exercise and to supply instant estimates of the cost of alternative weapons and forces. COMBAT is composed of five individual weapon system cost-estimating models (aircraft, missile, ground-based, ship, and space) and a time-phased force cost-estimating model. The study is intended not only to instruct analysts on the use of the model but also to stimulate the development of similar cost-estimating models for use with other than military forces or systems. 68 pp.

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