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Course-of-action decision support for effects-based operations
Author(s): Mark M. Stephenson
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Paper Abstract

Effects-Based Operations (EBO) is an approach to planning, executing, and assessing military operations where lower-level specific actions are derived from higher-level desired effects. Implementing EBO will require decision support capabilities that can model complex interactions and relationships, and then present the results to decision makers. Sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/IF), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is developing a prototype collaborative Course-Of-Action (COA) decision-support system for real-time analysis of multiple possible COAs against multiple possible enemy COAs. This tool builds upon the SAIC-developed Geospatial Force Planning Tool (GFPT). GFPT is a distributed visual planning and collaboration tool within the Adaptive COA tool suite. GFPT allows geographically dispersed planners representing different planning echelons to collectively create, modify, and view a visual representation of an operational plan on top of a digital map. GFPT is being extended to support entry and visualization of both blue and red COAs. Using a COA-versus-COA simulation, expected results of various combinations of blue and red COAs will be analytically compared and visually presented. This paper will discuss the development process, the architecture, and the current results of this effort.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4716, Enabling Technologies for Simulation Science VI, (15 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.474921
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Mark M. Stephenson, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4716:
Enabling Technologies for Simulation Science VI
Alex F. Sisti; Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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