Accession Number : ADA189744

Title :   Developing New User Interfaces for the Theater War Exercise.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Kross, Mark S

PDF Url : ADA189744

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : The Theater War Exercise (TWX) is a five-day, two-sided, theater level, computer assisted wargaming exercise. TWX is an exercise in theater-level airpower employment decision making. It is played at the Air War College and at intermediate service schools in England and Canada. It is maintained by the Air Force Wargaming Center. The TWX software consists of land and air battle simulations and user interface programs. The user interfaces include both input and output programs. There were two problems with the current TWX system that needed to be corrected. The first was that due to its mainframe application, TWX was costly to use for the Canadian and British schools. The second problem was that all input and output for TWX was made over hard copy devices, making TWX difficult and frustrating to use for exercise players. To solve the problems with TWX, this thesis effort consisted of moving the entire exercise to a microcomputer configuration and designing and implementing new, screen-oriented user interfaces emphasizing ease of use and flexibility.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *WAR GAMES, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, AERIAL WARFARE, AIR FORCE, AIR POWER, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, EMPLOYMENT, HARD COPY, INPUT, MICROCOMPUTERS, OUTPUT, SCHOOLS, SIMULATION, USER NEEDS, WARFARE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MILITARY EXERCISES, LAND WARFARE, THESES

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Computer Programming and Software
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE