A Comparison Between a Standard Map and a Reduced Detail Map Within a Simulated Tactical Operations System (SIMTOS)
Rept. for Jul-Nov 1974
ESSEX CORP ALEXANDRIA VA
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The use of reduced maps in place of standard Army maps has often been recommended for the upper command e.g., division levels. Within the context of a simulated tactical operations system, several variables that were thought most likely to be affected by the use of reduced detail maps or echelon information needs were observed in an offensive planning phase and an offensive combat phase. Among the dependent variables included were number of data frames accessed, time to access data frames, and combat effectiveness scores. The analyses of variance performed on the variables show significant main effects for the echelon factor for the amount and type of information accessed, and for one combat effectiveness score. No significant difference in performance during planning or combat was associated with the level of map detail factor. Therefore, the feasibility of using reduced detail maps in conjunction with a computerized graphic display capability should be investigated.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems