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The Warfighter Associate: decision-support software agent for the management of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets
Author(s): Norbou Buchler; Laura R. Marusich; Stacey Sokoloff
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Paper Abstract

A unique and promising intelligent agent plug-in technology for Mission Command Systems— the Warfighter Associate (WA)— is described that enables individuals and teams to respond more effectively to the cognitive challenges of Mission Command, such as managing limited intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets and information sharing in a networked environment. The WA uses a doctrinally-based knowledge representation to model role-specific workflows and continuously monitors the state of the operational environment to enable decision-support, delivering the right information to the right person at the right time. Capabilities include: (1) analyzing combat events reported in chat rooms and other sources for relevance based on role, order-of-battle, time, and geographic location, (2) combining seemingly disparate pieces of data into meaningful information, (3) driving displays to provide users with map based and textual descriptions of the current tactical situation, and (4) recommending courses of action with respect to necessary staff collaborations, execution of battle-drills, re-tasking of ISR assets, and required reporting. The results of a scenario-based human-in-the-loop experiment are reported. The underlying WA knowledge-graph representation serves as state traces, measuring aspects of Soldier decision-making performance (e.g. improved efficiency in allocating limited ISR assets) across runtime as dynamic events unfold on a simulated battlefield.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9079, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR V, 907902 (10 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054646
Show Author Affiliations
Norbou Buchler, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Laura R. Marusich, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Stacey Sokoloff, Velocity Products, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9079:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR V
Michael A. Kolodny, Editor(s)

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