Exploiting Artificial Intelligence to Improve After Action Reviews for the Digitized Company Team

Period of Performance: 03/31/1997 - 03/28/1997

$745K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Lb&m Assoc., Inc.
211 SW A Avenue,
Lawton, OK 73501
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

This Phase II proposal calls for the development of a command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C41) after action review (AAR) subsystem to support exercise control functions and AAR preparations for digitized units. Trainers manning AAR workstations are overloaded and need a system that eavesdrops on player digital communications and automatically generates C4I AAR products. Trainers need an AAR system that can monitor and manage digital information by exception and alert the trainer to significant communications, miscommunications and disparities in situational awareness among the players. We developed a concept and functional requirements for an automated C4I AAR and exercise control system and named the system the Stealth AppliquT. The Stealth AppliquT will enable the trainer to selectively display the C4I screen of any key leader of the player unit and page through the various overlays and reports within the leader's digital system without the player's knowledge. The Stealth ApliquT will advise the trainer of digital messages he receives from the players and will alert the trainer to any significant player digital actions or inactions. The Stealth AppliquT will automatically prepare C4I AAR products, which will be available for the trainer's review and editing immediately after exercise termination. We envision follow-on Phase III work that will integrate the Stealth AppliquT into constructive and live simulations as well as the virtual environment. Stealth AppliquT algorithms may be extended to tactical decision aids to alert the commander or his staff when there are incongruities in situational awareness and command and control information among subordinate commanders, supporting units and higher headquarters.