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Technology for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, 2000-2035: Becoming a 21st-Century Force
The theory should provide an open-ended set of abstraction methods (e.g., aggregation and omission) and characterize their applicability. The theory should characterize, and provide a means to estimate, the simulational complexity of a model (typically, abstractions are intended to reduce such complexity).
The theory should provide the elements of manipulation for more encompassing theories such as those of systems engineering, design, and management. 2
For additional reading, see Praehofer (1991), Zeigler (1976), Pichler and Schwartzel (1992) and Zeigler et al. (1993).