Perspectives on the utility of systems science in the Army

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U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, 1984 - Business & Economics - 14 pages
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This report presents the results of a conference designed to develop consensus on a workable definition of systems science, determine its potential for solution of Army problems, and develop recommendations for further work if such seems warranted. Conferees made a distinction between systems science (an emerging discipline) and systems approach (a body of systematic technologies). Areas of potential application were identified as those characterized by complexity (in systems of people, equipment, and missions), ongoing change (in structure or components), information flows, and decision making (especially where relevant information is imprecise, uncertain, incomplete, unreliable, partially inconsistent, or any combination of these). Two areas recommended as having payoff for further work were: (a) The assessment of battalion operations/effectiveness and (b) The design of complex systems.

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