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Battlespace awareness and the Australian Army battlefield command support system
Author(s): Paul S. Gaertner; Mark Slade; Fred Bowden; Bradley Stagg; Samuel Huf
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Paper Abstract

Effective battlespace awareness is essential for any defence operation; this is especially true in the increasingly complex and dynamic land component of the military environment. Because of its relatively small force size dispersed piece-wise across a large and largely vacant landmass, the Defence of Australia presents a somewhat unique challenge for the development of systems that support command decision-making. The intent of this paper is to first examine the digitisation effort under way in Australia and describe the Army Battlefield Command Support System (BCSS) being developed for use in the tactical arena. BCSS is essentially a suite of commercial-off-the-shelf and government-off-the-shelf software components provided via a standard operating environment to aid decision-making. Then, we present the development of a Tactical Land C4I Assessment Capability (TLCAC) synthetic environment which is being used to undertake controlled performance evaluations of the various elements of the BCSS suite and provide impact assessments of new technological advances. The TLCAC provides a capacity to assess in near real-time Brigade and below level command post exercise activities. That is, when deployed it provides a mechanism to automatically collect command and control and manoeuvre data, which can aid in the after action review process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4037, Digitization of the Battlespace V and Battlefield Biomedical Technologies II, (4 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395054
Show Author Affiliations
Paul S. Gaertner, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Mark Slade, CelsiusTech Australia Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
Fred Bowden, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Bradley Stagg, Army Engineering Agency (Australia)
Samuel Huf, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4037:
Digitization of the Battlespace V and Battlefield Biomedical Technologies II
Raja Suresh; Homer H. Pien; Homer H. Pien, Editor(s)

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