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DecMS: an approach to providing decision support within NEC delivery

Boyle, I.M. and Duffy, A.H.B. and Whitfield, R.I. and Liu, S. (2008) DecMS: an approach to providing decision support within NEC delivery. In: Realising Network Enabled Capability 2008, 2008-10-13 - 2008-10-14, Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds.

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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.