The Simulation of Sensemaking and Knowledge Management within a Joint Effects-Based Planning System
EVIDENCE BASED RESEARCH INC VIENNA VA
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This paper describes key aspects of research funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a working simulation model of an effects-based targeting process as it might be reflected in a future coalition task force headquarters and subordinate component command headquarters. The modeling research is based on prior theoretical work that characterized the essential sensemaking and knowledge management work flows within an operational headquarters. The present modeling project uniquely integrates two areas of modeling. The first area of modeling focuses on the explicit representation of the knowledge framework abstraction hierarchy required for decomposing command intent into actionable knowledge within each of the political, military, economic, social, information and infrastructure PMESII dimensions of the battlespace. The second area of work focuses on the explicit representation of the staff work flow and patterns of collaboration within the various centers, working groups, cells, and teams that build this knowledge framework. Together, these representations allow the analyst to assess the influence of information technology, training, leadership, personnel management, cultural differences, and organizational design on the quality of the knowledge product e.g., Effects Tasking Order, daily Air Operations Order emerging from the command and control process.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics