A preliminary study: USMC tactical communications technical control needs for the Landing Force Integrated Communications System.
Creighton, Donald E.
La Patra, Jack W.
Lindsay, Glenn F.
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This study uses a systems analysis approach to determine the communications technical control needs of the Fleet Marine Force as the transition from analog to all digital systems occurs. Introductory material is presented on the Landing Force Integrated Communications System (LFICS) and associated methods of communications system control- The decision problem is stated as a needed choice between alternatives in both near term (1987-1990) and long term (1991+) eras of service. Examined are the technical control functional requirements for both the transitional near term and the eventual long term digital systems. The study raises issues on the automation of technical control in the development of a systems engineering functional description of an "ideal" facility. Consideration is given to the many other service and industrial solutions in the formulation of twelve alternative approaches to the total solution of communications technical control in the near and long term- A gualitative, ordinal valued, multicriteria decision theory model is applied to the selection between these alternatives as opposed to a more quantitative cost and operational effectiveness analysis (COEA) study approach. The decision model is fully developed for this application and for general future use by the interested reader. Conclusions and recommendations are made based on analysis of the modeling results. Appendices provide necessary supporting detail and include issues and topics for future study.
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