Accession Number:

ADA301638

Title:

Towards Intelligent Automated Forces for Simnet.

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. 1 Apr 91-31 Dec 94,

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-11-08

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

This is the final report on an effort to perform seed research towards the ultimate creation of automated intelligent forces IFORs for SIMNET. SIMNET was a large-scale combined-arms battlefield simulator developed jointly by Bolt Beranek and Newman, BBN Inc. and Perceptronics, Inc. under the sponsorship of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA and the United States Army Crooks et al, 1990, Jacobs, McDonough, Crooks, 1990. The simulator provided an opportunity for training fully manned units - at the platoon, company, and battalion levels - through direct engagements against comparable opposing forces. In addition to serving an important training function, the intent was also to use SIMNET as a testbed for developing and assessing doctrine and tactics, and as an aid in evaluating proposed weapon systems prior to their construction and acquisition. All of this was feasible because SIMNET was constructed from a set of inexpensive selective fidelity physical simulators that were dispersed across the country, and were networked together to provide joint engagements. The addition of semi-automated forces SAFORs to SIMNET provided a means of increasing the number of units involved in an engagement without the expense of additional physical simulators and the troops required to man them. With SAFOR, a single human commander was put in direct charge of an entire simulated unit - a platoon, company, or battalion - in such a way that no other humans were needed at any of the lower command levels. The human commander could selectively move his focus up and down the command chain, immersing himself in the information environment appropriate to the selected role, and directly controlling the corresponding units.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE