Accession Number : ADA306839

Title :   Improving the Management of an Air Campaign with Virtual Reality,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Haywood, James E.

PDF Url : ADA306839

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : This thesis evaluates the near-term military utility of virtual reality (VR) and its component technologies to the battle management of an air campaign. It presumes a large-scale air campaign on the order to that in the Gulf War where air operations were continuous, prolonged, and intense. The author begins with a discussion of VR technology to lay a foundation for understanding its current capabilities, future potential, and limitations. An examination of the prevailing structure and process for air battle management follows. In particular, the flow of information throughout the air operations center (AOC) is revealed and analyzed. The remainder of this thesis looks to mesh the technology of VR with the process of air battle management. Several near-term improvement opportunities are described as a result. The research concludes by assessing the viability and implication of a military decision to invest in a VR-enhanced air battle management system. Recommendations are given for areas in need of further research and development.

Descriptors :   *AERIAL WARFARE, *VIRTUAL REALITY, *BATTLE MANAGEMENT, DATA BASES, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, IMAGE PROCESSING, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, DATA MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION TRANSFER, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, DATA PROCESSING SECURITY, COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, REAL TIME, RESOLUTION, THESES, INPUT OUTPUT PROCESSING, THREE DIMENSIONAL, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, DATA FUSION, INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS, MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, DATA LINKS, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, HELMET MOUNTED DISPLAYS, HYPERTEXT, HEAD UP DISPLAYS, TACTICAL AIR CONTROL SYSTEMS, DISTRIBUTED INTERACTIVE SIMULATION.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE