Accession Number : ADA189712

Title :   Airland Battlefield Environment (ALBE) Tactical Decision Aid (TDA) Demonstration Program,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Capps, Penny R ; Tolson, Michael J

PDF Url : ADA189712

Report Date : 12 Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Terrain and weather affect combat operations more significantly than any other physical factors on the battlefield. Historically, field commanders have not had the capability to fully exploit battlefield environmental effects for tactical advantage. The Corps of Engineers has initiated the ALBE program to develop and evaluate Tactical Decision Aid (TDA) software and products. The TDA's when implemented on developmental systems, will provide the Army with an operational capability to assess and exploit battlefield environmental effects as a force multiplier in combat operations. A government developed Geographic Information System (GIS) will provide the databases that the TDA software will access to generate products. A development strategy has been devised that involves assembling an ALBE Testbed, installing the GIS and TDA software, conducting field demonstrations and evaluations, and transferring the TDA software to various target systems currently in the life cycle development process. This innovative approach will facilitate fielding of ALBE software and products, and will provide battlefield commanders and their staff with the ability to better exploit the combined effects of terrain and environment in the decision-making process.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *TACTICAL WARFARE, BATTLEFIELDS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA BASES, DEMONSTRATIONS, FIELD ARMY, GEOGRAPHY, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, LIFE CYCLES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY, TARGETS, TERRAIN, WARFARE, WEATHER, ENVIRONMENTS, MILITARY GEOGRAPHY

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE