Actionable Cultural Understanding for Support to Tactical Operations (ACUSTO): The Effect of Data Quality on Spatial Analysis Results
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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Developing cultural information into cultural knowledge for military operations is predominantly an intelligence activity that takes place within the Military Decision Making Process. The products of such efforts are routinely classified and unusable by the tactical war fighter. The Actionable Cultural Understanding for Support to Tactical Operations ACUSTO research effort was undertaken to provide a product for enhanced cultural understanding that will be accessible to the tactical war fighter. This is done by combining spatial and explicit content analysis of open source news media to provide cultural understanding in the operational environment that can be disseminated down to the lowest tactical level. The development of actionable intelligence for counterinsurgency parallels the study of civilian criminal events widely covered in open source media and can exploit the methodological approaches that emphasize spatially explicit information. Crime research is conducted at aggregate levels, which implies the aggregation of a series of points representing events to areas representing higher scales. This work focused on data quality in point pattern analysis, and on the effect that different levels of data accuracy and precision have on policy recommendations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics