Exercise Control Objects (ECOs), C2 for the Control Team
Conference paper with briefing charts
ALION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EL CAJON CA
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The U. S. Joint Forces Command USJFCOM, J9 Modeling and Simulation MS Support Team advanced the capability of distributed simulation in support of Urban Resolve 05 UR05, a collaborative effort conducted by USJFCOM and the Institute for Defense Analyses IDA. Using real-world data, the scenarios in UR05 realistically replicated current operations and situations faced by warfighters in Baghdad. The team designed and employed Exercise Control Object ECO processes and tools for use in this distributed simulation environment. The Simulation Control Team share their intentions and actions regarding activities of the adversaries, blue forces and civilian population using ECOs. The ECOs were shared instantly among controllers and were displayed on the terrain map as symbolic objects. ECOs contain the authors identification, location coordinates, time createdmodified, ECO category, free-text comments, information to be disclosed to the players. The ECO editor let controllers attach graphics and text files to the object. These ECOs were logged to support real-time and post-experiment assessment. USJFCOMs success in using ECOs to enable the JUO series of experiments and the enthusiasm and innovation that controllers showed in using them, indicates this simple tool would be useful if implemented in other simulation systems and operational C2 systems.
- Operations Research
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