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FIGURE 7-1 Military effectiveness of alternatives potentially available after 2006 based on qualitative scoring by the committee.

man-in-the-loop, a commander could make an informed decision about an appropriate response to an intrusion. DWSC would exploit existing and developing communications and combat systems. Because DWSC would not require a dedicated, unique kill system, it could be more cost effective than some other APL alternatives. This integrated approach would be one of the most effective future systems and scored very high in the military effects category. In addition, DWSC is already the focus of a major Army science and technology program. However, several technology issues would have to be solved before the system could become operational.


The criteria and scores are displayed in tabular form in Table 7-2. The details of how these scores were derived can be found in Chapter 4.

Figure 7-3 is a graphical summary of the scoring. In keeping with the Statement of Task, this graph shows only the relative military effectiveness of candidate systems without regard to cost, risk, or humanitarian factors. Each bar on the graph is a composite. The lower portion (white) shows the degree to which each system meets the military effectiveness requirements in comparison to the baseline system. If the candidate system meets all of the requirements at least as well as the baseline system, the score is 0. If it is less effective in any requirement, the score is less than 0. The upper portion (dark shading) of the bar shows capabilities that exceed those of the baseline system.

These graphs use the methodology described in Chapter 5. In general, if the total bar height is high, the system is likely to be militarily effective. If the value of the lower portion of the bar is near 0, the system meets most of the military requirements. If the lower bar is much lower than 0, the system probably has significant differences from the baseline mine and will not perform some desired functions. However, that system may still be militarily effective if it performs some functions much better than the baseline system. Because the scoring criteria were not weighted, these graphs should be used only for assessing trends and making qualitative comparisons.

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