Improving U.S. Navy Campaign Analyses with Big Data
Morgan, Brian L.
Schramm, Harrison C.
Smith, Jerry R.
Lucas, Thomas W.
McDonald, Mary L.
Sánchez, Paul J.
Sanchez, Susan M.
Upton, Stephen C.
MetadataShow full item record
Decisions and investments made today determine the assets and capabilities of the U.S. Navy for decades to come. The nation has many options about how best to equip, organize, supply, maintain, train, and employ our naval forces. These decisions involve large sums of money and impact our national security. Navy leadership uses simulation-based campaign analysis to measure risk for these investment options. Campaign simulations, such as the Synthetic Theater Operations Research Model (STORM),are complex models that generate enormous amounts of data. Finding causal threads and consistent trends within campaign analysis is inherently a big data problem. We outline the business and technical approach used to quantify the various investment risks for senior decision makers. Specifically, we present the managerial approach and controls used to generate studies that withstand scrutiny and maintain a strict study timeline. We then describe STORMMiner, a suite of automated postprocessing tools developed to sup-port campaign analysis, and provide illustrative results from a notional STORM training scenario. This new approach has yielded tangible benefits. It substantially reduces the time and cost of campaign analysis studies, reveals insights that were previously difficult for analysts to detect, and improves the testing and vetting of the study. Consequently,the resulting risk assessment and recommendations are more useful to leadership. The managerial approach has also improved cooperation and coordination between the Navy and its analytic partners.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/inte.2017.0900
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Boutwell, Brian (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1989-09);There are numerous interrelationships between joint operations, maritime theaters, operational or campaign planning, and combat. This thesis is an analysis of the British Turkish campaign of 1915, the German Norwegian ...
Dirks, Armin D. W. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2000-06);On March 24, 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) started an air campaign by attacking targets in Serbia, including Kosovo. This thesis analyzes the question: "What might have happened if Serbia had not ...
Howard, Ernest G. (2002);The purpose of this study is to provide joint planners with a means to determine when airpower should be the central element of a campaign. Additionally, this study can help planners understand not only when airpower should ...