Accession Number : ADA185717

Title :   Terrain Analyst Work Station (TAWS): 1AD After Action Report.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Quick, John ; Greczy, Laslo ; Musser, Eric ; Carroll, Roberta ; Ference, David

PDF Url : ADA185717

Report Date : Aug 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : At the request of the 1st Armored Division (1AD), the engineer Topographic Laboratories visited 1AD and demonstrated the Terrain Analyst Work Station (TAWS), demonstrated its capabilities, and provided products for 1AD's area of interest. This after action report describes the TAWS, its capabilities, and the training performed; and reports the comments provided by 1AD and others about the TAWS and products provided. To fight and win the AirLand battle, the Army must field a combat fora that can move quickly and lethally against the enemy. The speed and mobility of this force will depend in part on the availability of up-to-date intelligence information - information not only about the enemy, but about the battlefield and need to get this information as quickly as possible. At present, terrain and intelligence analysts manually assemble and analyze such information. Manual terrain analysis is a slow, tedious process at best. Producing a single tactical terrain graphic may require hours of labor from even the most highly skilled analyst. Digital terrain data bases and automated terrain analysis techniques will help the Army meet the demand for quick, comprehensive information about the terrain. The Army has expressed its needs for digital terrain data to the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) and plans to field the Digital Topographic Support System (DTSS) to exploit the data in the 1990's. The automated terrain analysis techniques to be employed by DTSS have already been successfully demonstrated in the laboratory on an interactive computer graphics system.

Descriptors :   *TOPOGRAPHY, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, *TERRAIN INTELLIGENCE, AUTOMATION, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, DATA BASES, INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS

Subject Categories : Cartography and Aerial Photography
      Computer Hardware
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE