Modular Architecting for Effects Based Operations


Effects Based Operations (EBO) is a way of thinking for planning, exectuing, and assesing any operations for the effects they produce, rather than dealing with actions, targets or even objectives. The literature on EBO has been growing day by day; however, there is still a need for modeling techniques and tools that provide more efficient and effective effects based assessment, planning and analysis in order to further develop the capabilities of the operations. In this context, this paper presents and introduction to EBO by focusing on its methodology and its challenges. Morever, this paper illustrates the importance of modular architecting in effect based planning stage. Modular architecting provides synchronization of the right actions and decisions, makes strategic ain consideration easier and provides efficiency in the cases where there are multiple strategic aims. The most important benefit of this study is its ability to facilitat the achievement of economy of national power for military EBO and economy of action sorces for other systems. Approaches presented in this paper utilize clustering of effects and actions by using a Neural Network took which is called Adaptive Resonance Theory. The application of the approach is illustrated with an example of the defense industry on the development of a modular EBO architectures, which can also be applied to other industries.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Adaptive Resonance Theory; Effects Based Operations (EBO); Modular Architecting; Neural Network Tool

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