TABLE 4-2 The Proposed Process Satisfies the Desired Attributes of an Enterprise-wide ISR Capability, Planning and Analysis (CP&A) Process

Desired Process Attribute Proposed Process Capability
Encompasses All ISR Domains and Entities
Encompasses all ISR missions

• The Problem Definition and Approach (PDA) step brings the right players to the table to ensure that the process is configured to address all relevant investment questions.

Addresses all ISR domains

• The Multi-resolution Gap Analysis (MGA) framework explicitly incorporates and integrates the perspectives of all relevant domains, sources of ISR needs and capabilities.

Includes all ISR assets in sensor-to-user chain

Collaborates with ISR-related entities

• Sensor-to-user assets, including platforms, communications and command-and-control links, and PCPAD capabilities are modeled and analyzed by means of simulations to answer investment questions in a performance versus cost versus risk trade space.

Produces Credible Outcomes
Provides traceability from process inputs to outputs

• The multi-resolution framework ties the analysis process to authoritative data sources and the analysis guidance established during the PDA step. It is executed as an interactive, collaborative process among various analysis elements and players to provide a more complete cost, risk, and utility trade-space analysis.

Is mission/scenario-based

Is repeatable and enduring

• Complex domains of capability are analyzed from different perspectives with tailored models and tools appropriate for each perspective, but with the various segments of the analysis integrated to provide traceability of cause and effect for combined total impact.

Supports trade-off analyses

• High-fidelity technical performance measures on sensor/system effects are mapped against specific mission scenarios to assess operational impacts and prioritize gaps.

Efficiently Uses Limited Resources
Is scalable in size, time, and resolution

• The multi-resolution framework provides quick-look assessments of capability and cost and/or affordability through streamlined applications of cost, risk, and utility trade-space analyses. The framework adds more and more layers of fidelity where needed to refine quick-look assessments over time.

Reduces labor and cost over time

• Automated analysis tools, such as modeling and simulation, reduce the number of people and amount of time required to conduct trade-space analyses. Models are refined, stored, and reused to the greatest extent possible to minimize duplication of modeling effort.

NOTE: Acronyms are defined in the list in the front matter.

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