Course of Action Simulation Analysis
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP (SAIC) BEAVERCREEK OHIO
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The implications of Effects Based Operations EBO on Course of Action COA development and evaluation are significant. EBO will potentially increase both COA complexity and the number of options one must evaluate to optimize results. Further, metrics must be found that can adequately describe and quantify the goodness of such disparate COAs as a propaganda campaign versus a major military interdiction. The United States Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate US AFRLIF continues to lead efforts to prototype a Modeling and Simulation MS based methodology and toolset that allows quick and thorough exploration of this expanding tradespace. Specific thrusts within these efforts include concurrent multi-hypothesis exploration via cluster computing automated COA generation automated simulation scenario generation COA descriptive metadata representations metrics metadata representations and automated data reduction, comparison and visualization techniques. The Course of Action Simulation Analysis CASA task was created to address several facets of these thrusts, with a focus on metrics identification, data representation for comparison and visualization. This paper first presents the motivations and concepts behind CASA, and chronicles this past years efforts. Further, we discuss current and planned activities, and describe the final capabilities expected to result from this task. Specific areas discussed include the use of mission level simulations to examine multiple-hypothesis the use of eXtensible Markup Language XML for metadata representation identification of COA metrics development of tools for data reduction, comparison and visualization adversarial modeling and co-evolving red-blue COAs. Finally, we discuss lessons learned to date and present potential future research.
- Operations Research
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Military Intelligence