PRIME is a software development environment that enables rapid collaborative model development, rapid model adaptation, model integration/interoperability, and model maintenance. The types of models targeted initially are termed PMESII (political, military, economic, social, information and infrastructure perspective) effect models. The tool will allow USAF Air Campaign Planners to predict the effects of a planned set of DIME (diplomatic, informational, military, economic) actions on an entity or site across all the PMESII dimensions.
Using an effects-based approach is seen as central to the transformation efforts underway in Americas armed forces. The effects-based approach, commonly referred to as Effects-Based Operations (EBO), is a methodology for planning, executing, and assessing operations that are designed to create the specific effects necessary to achieve national security objectives. EBO is applicable to the full spectrum of operations, from humanitarian relief to major combat mission, and is applicable at all levels of decision-making: strategic, operational and tactical. EBO focuses on achieving the desired national security outcome, rather than just force-on-force solutions.
PRIME provides one of the three key baseline products, as described in United States Joint Forces Command Doctrinal Implications of Operational Net Assessment (ONA), namely, a Web-based portal to a system-of-systems analysis that examines the adversarys PMESII systems.
PRIME is a web-based application that allows teams of analysts separated in time and space to collaboratively develop predicted effects models for planned actions on entities or sites.