Sketching for Military Courses of Action Diagrams
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL
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A serious barrier to the digitalization of the US military is that commanders find traditional mousemenu, CAD-style interfaces unnatural. Military commanders develop and communicate battle plans by sketching courses of action COAs. This paper describes nuSketch Battlespace, the latest version in an evolving line of sketching interfaces that commanders find natural, yet supports significant increased automation. We describe techniques that should be applicable to any specialized sketching domain glyph bars and compositional symbols to tractably handle the large number of entities that military domains use, specialized glyph types and gestures to keep drawing tractable and natural, qualitative spatial reasoning to provide sketch-based visual reasoning, and comic graphs to describe multiple states and plans. Experiments, both completed and in progress, are described to provide evidence as to the utility of the system.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Intelligence