DecMS: an approach to providing decision support within NEC delivery

Iain Boyle, Alex Duffy, Ian Whitfield, Shaofeng Liu

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Decision-making across the military capability lifecycle phases can vary considerably in terms of the types of decisions made and the manner in which they are made. Although decision-making has received considerable attention within the research community, much work has concentrated on providing decision support for particular styles of decision-making. However, within capability delivery there is a need to develop approaches that can both map styles of decision-making to particular decision problems, and provide decision support at an executable level of detail. This paper presents the Decision Management and Support (DecMS) approach to providing decision support during capability delivery. The approach is based upon refining a fundamental model of decision-making to an executable level of detail. Refinement is controlled using analogical reasoning to ensure that the model is refined in accordance with the needs of the decision problem at hand. Future work will involve testing the effectiveness of the approach.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
EventRealising Network Enabled Capability 2008 - Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Oct 200814 Oct 2008


ConferenceRealising Network Enabled Capability 2008
Abbreviated titleRNEC'08
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherNetwork Enabled Capability (NEC) is at the heart of defence transformation for the UK and many other nations. Its realisation demands the armed forces work in new ways, and that government and industry adopt new approaches to the design, acquisition, and management of the systems that support military capability. This conference will focus on the systems engineering and ‘systems of systems engineering’ that is crucial to NEC success.
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  • decision support
  • capability delivery
  • capability
  • analogical reasoning
  • design engineering


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