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Understanding the operational environment: implications for advanced visualizations
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With the changing character of warfare, information superiority is a high priority. Given the complexity of current and future operating environments, analysts, strategists and planners need a multidimensional understanding of the battlespace. Asymmetric warfare necessitates that our strategists look beyond targets-based operations, where we simply identify and destroy enemy entities. Effects-based operations models the enemy as a system which reacts to our actions. This requires the capability to predict the adversary response to a selected action. Actions may be diplomatic, information, military or economic (DIME). Effects may be political, military, economic, social, information or infrastructure (PMESII). Timing must be explicitly considered and effects dynamically assessed. Visualizations of intelligence information are needed which will promote full understanding of all aspects of adversary strengths and weaknesses by providing the extensive data about adversary forces, organic essentials, infrastructure, leadership, population, and science and technology in an easily accessible and understandable format. This will enhance Effectsbased operations, and therefore, the capability to predict and counter adversary courses of action. This paper outlines a systems engineering approach to designing visualizations which convey the multidimensional information to decision makers. Visualization issues inherent in understanding the multidimensional operational environment will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7327, Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics III, 73270A (6 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.821011
Show Author Affiliations
Denise Aleva, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Elisabeth Fitzhugh, SRA International, Inc. (United States)
Sharon Dixon, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7327:
Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics III
John Tudor Thomas; Daniel D. Desjardins, Editor(s)

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