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Quantum Command and Control Theory

  1. Steve Forsythe

Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0696

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

How to Cite

Forsythe, S. 2011. Quantum Command and Control Theory. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. .

Author Information

  1. Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory-Precision Engagement, Dayton, Ohio

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

Abstract

This article presents results of a Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) effort on the fundamental theory of C2. A standard method for course of action (COA) selection is the weighted numerical comparison (WNC) method. There are numerous issues with the WNC method. One of these issues is that the expected results are frequently used to select a course of action (COA). The Quantum C2 Theory, like the physics-based quantum theory, treats outcomes not as point estimates but rather as probability distributions. Understanding and employing these probability distributions can aid commanders in shaping and selecting courses of actions that are the best trade-off between mission success and risk. Several alternatives to WNC are presented which mitigate some of the issues with WNC and provide improved support for the commander's COA selection.

Keywords:

  • military activities;
  • command and control;
  • quantum C2;
  • desired and unwanted outcomes;
  • efficient frontier;
  • COA selection;
  • risk