Situational Awareness Object (SAO), A Simple, Yet Powerful Tool for Operational C2 Systems
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. Experiment subjects use Situational Awareness Objects SAOs to share their awareness of the battlespace regarding activities of the adversaries, blue forces and civilian population. SAOs are logged and support real-time, post-experiment evaluation and comprehensive after-action reviews. Throughout each JUO experiment, the SAOs structure evolved to include new options that were based on the operators needs. The benefit of SAOs is that they are easy to create and modify to fit varied operational missions. They are shared instantly among operators with access to the database and they are displayed on the terrain map as symbolic objects. SAOs contain the authors identification, location coordinates, and time created or modified, SAO category, players confidence level, free-text comments, associated tracks and the ability to attach graphics and text files to the object. USJFCOMs success in using SAOs to enable the JUO series of experiments and the enthusiasm and innovation that operators show in using them, indicates this simple, yet powerful tool would be useful if implemented in various operational C2 systems.
- Operations Research
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