Perspectives on the utility of systems science in the Army
Edgar M. Johnson, Thomas Owen Jacobs, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, 1984 - Business & Economics - 14 pages
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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5001 Eisenhower Avenue APPENDIX application of systems ARMY 21 Army Challenges Army problems Army Research Institute Atrium Rooms basic research battalion operations/effectiveness BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL Challenges and Opportunities COFFEE BREAK Commonwealth Command U.S. Army complex systems definition of systems Deputy Chief design of complex Development and Acquisition Edgar Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria field of inquiry Focus Statements force integration Force Modernization future challenges George Huber George Klir good/effective units Identify Information Engineering information flows information is imprecise Institute 5001 Eisenhower James G JOHNSON Technical Director Lawrence De Bivort Lieutenant Colonel Living Systems Theory Mikols operational definitions overview of systems P.M. COFFEE BREAK Paul Hood payoff Pentagon Washington PLENARY SESSION Commonwealth potential Principal Deputy Assistant R&D community RECONVENE PLENARY SESSION Research Institute 5001 SESSION Commonwealth Center Social Sciences solution of Army structure or components systems approach Systems Integration TRADOC U.S. Army Research Uhlaner UNCLASSIFIED SECURITY CLASSIFICATION uniquely USAREUR UTILITY OF SYSTEMS