Accession Number : ADA191739

Title :   Distributed Tactical Decision Support.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper for Jun 87,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Small, Dana L

PDF Url : ADA191739

Report Date : Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Distributed Tactical Decision Support is a theoretical investigation being performed by NOSC for ONR to better understand the distributed tactical decision making process. Real time tracking for combat direction, using a distributed database system as a support tool, will be used as a baseline for understanding that process. The theory next will be quality of human decision making and improving its timeliness in such a distributed environment. These improvements can best be attained by the understanding of those critical factors that ensure a consistent display of distributed tactical information at all levels of use. This investigation is considering the knowledge domain of tracking in a combat direction system, the rules that must apply to that domain when evaluating a possible threat, and the human interaction required. The domain of mission planning at the battle-group level will be considered to compare concerns for timeliness and decision quality. Investigation of the timing and memory constraints that arise when trying to examine why a particular decision was made in either domain also will be performed. Examples of these constraints include the unraveling of the rules that were applied to determine whether a given track was hostile or the analysis of why a combatant was deployed at a particular time and site during mission planning.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, *TACTICAL ANALYSIS, COMBAT INFORMATION CENTERS, CONSISTENCY, DATA BASES, DISTRIBUTION, ENVIRONMENTS, INTERACTIONS, MEMORY DEVICES, MISSION PROFILES, QUALITY, REAL TIME, THEORY, TIME, TIMELINESS, TOOLS, TRACKING, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE