Adaptive Fleet Literature Review


  1. Scipione, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);International Safety Research Inc, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Maritime and Air Systems Section of the Defence Research and Development Canada’s (DRDC) Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA), under DRDC Project 01AA, supports a force structure and concept development paradigm for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). One of the possible approaches to force structure planning in uncertain future is based on the Complex Adaptive System (CAS) approach. In order to ensure that the work reflects the state-of-the-art, a comprehensive literature review of related research was required. CAS are understood as dynamic systems composed of mutually interacting subsystems with non-linear feedback; these interactions give rise to emergent behaviour that cannot be explained by decomposing the system into its sub-components. Such complex systems typically adapt to the changing environment. Through application of the CAS approach to the design of a future naval force structure, it is expected that a fleet structure that is better able to handle the variety of future mission demands will be developed. The objective of this work was to conduct a search and review of literature describing a) the application of the CAS paradigm within the naval domain, and b) the general application of the CAS approach that can be tailored to the naval domain. An extensive literature search was conducted that resulted in the identification of 54 papers. After a thorough review of the literature, 15 of these papers were rated as directly applicable and 12 were rat
Complex adaptive systems;Fleet structure;Future security environment
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-C017 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2016
Number of Pages
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