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Military utility: A proposed concept to support decision-making
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, Military-Technology Division.
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, Military-Technology Division.
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Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, Military-Technology Division.
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2015 (English)In: Technology in society, ISSN 0160-791X, E-ISSN 1879-3274, Vol. 43, 23-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A concept called Military Utility is proposed for the study of the use of technology in military operations. The proposed concept includes a three-level structure representing key features and their detailed components. On basic level the Military Utility of a technical system, to a military actor, in a specific context, is a compound measure of the military effectiveness, of the assessed technical system's suitability to the military capability system and of the affordability. The concept is derived through conceptual analysis and is based on related concepts used in social sciences, the military domain and Systems Engineering. It is argued that the concept has qualitative explanatory powers and can support military decision-making regarding technology in forecasts, defense planning, development, utilization and the lessons learned process. The suggested concept is expected to contribute to the development of the science of Military-Technology and to be found useful to actors related to defense.

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2015. Vol. 43, 23-32 p.
Keyword [en]
Technology, utility, decision-making
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Mechanical Engineering
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Militärteknik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5548DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2015.07.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-5548DiVA: diva2:844035
Available from: 2015-08-03 Created: 2015-08-03 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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