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Automated IPB in support of wargaming and COA analysis and comparison
Author(s): Charles H. Mitchell; James K. Williams
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Paper Abstract

In the area of Modeling and Simulations for Wargaming and Exercise Support, Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace (IPB) is a flexible process that assists commanders and their staffs in planning and executing campaigns and missions. The Automated Assistance with IPB (A2IPB) tool, being developed for the USAF, enables the leveraging of information about the adversary's capabilities, potential centers of gravity, and possible courses of action (COAs) across all dimensions of the battlespace. Operational staffs heavily depend on IPB products prepared during the analysis of the adversary situation and the evaluation of the battlepace's effects in order to forumlate initial friendly force dispositions and schemes of maneuver. Wargaming is a conscious attempt to visualize the flow of a military operation, given friendly strengths and dispositions, adversary assets, and possible COAs, and a specific battlespace environment. It attempts to foresee the action, reaction, and counteraction dynamics between a pair of friendly and adversary COAs. A2IPB has the potential to allow the commander and his staff to conduct a wargame from within the software. Friendly COAs will be graphically portrayed against the adversary's most likely COA and then against the most dangerous COA. By having all relevent infomration loaded into the same database, conduct of the wargame is facilitated, data modification is easier, and the ability to plan back a particular set of COAs multiple times is provided. Using A2IPB facilities the commander's decision upon a COA believed to be the most advantegeous to the operation. Using the results of wargaming associated with the COA, the staff prpared OPORDs that implement the commander's decision.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4367, Enabling Technology for Simulation Science V, (19 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.440043
Show Author Affiliations
Charles H. Mitchell, Zel Technologies LLC (United States)
James K. Williams, Zel Technologies LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4367:
Enabling Technology for Simulation Science V
Alex F. Sisti; Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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