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A technology path to tactical agent-based modeling
Author(s): Alex James; Timothy P. Hanratty
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Paper Abstract

Wargaming is a process of thinking through and visualizing events that could occur during a possible course of action. Over the past 200 years, wargaming has matured into a set of formalized processes. One area of growing interest is the application of agent-based modeling. Agent-based modeling and its additional supporting technologies has potential to introduce a third-generation wargaming capability to the Army, creating a positive overmatch decision-making capability. In its simplest form, agent-based modeling is a computational technique that helps the modeler understand and simulate how the "whole of a system" responds to change over time. It provides a decentralized method of looking at situations where individual agents are instantiated within an environment, interact with each other, and empowered to make their own decisions. However, this technology is not without its own risks and limitations. This paper explores a technology roadmap, identifying research topics that could realize agent-based modeling within a tactical wargaming context.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10207, Next-Generation Analyst V, 1020707 (3 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2266018
Show Author Affiliations
Alex James, CUBRC, Inc. (United States)
Timothy P. Hanratty, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10207:
Next-Generation Analyst V
Timothy P. Hanratty; James Llinas, Editor(s)

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