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Collaborative Data Collection during Strong Angel and RIMPAC 2000

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Final rept.

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This is the final report for Data Capture During Strong Angel DARPA contract DAAB07-99-C-C201, describing MITREs evaluation of the CommandNet collaborative groupware tool used during RIMPAC-2000, a Third Fleet multinational exercise that included Strong Angel, a humanitarian aid and disaster relief HADR scenario involving both military and non-government organizations NGO. During this effort, MITRE worked in partnership with researchers at the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona who developed CommandNet, and with the US Navy Third Fleet. CommandNet is a web-based electronic logbook used to capture data and observations that were shared within and across command centers afloat on the USS Coronado and ashore at a simulated refugee camp on the island of Hawaii. Users during Strong Angel included military personnel and members of a United Nations team involved with management of the refugee camp. The exercise provided an opportunity to collect data across groups of users collaborating over time in an operational environment, analyze the technological, social and organizational processes characterizing such collaborative interactions, and evaluate effectiveness of a collaborative tool in an operational civil-military scenario. CommandNet was instrumented for automatic capture of usage patterns, and in addition, a participant observer collected qualitative data on-board the Coronado and at the refugee site. The analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data on CommandNet usage collected during a month of RIMPAC, including the five days of Strong Angel, is presented in this final report.

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

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