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Evaluation of Geospatial Digital Support Products

Show simple item record Powell, Walter A. Laskey, Kathryn Blackmond Adelman, Leonard Johnson, Ryan Dorgan, Shiloh Hieb, Micheal Braswell, Kenneth Powers, Michael 2010-04-20T14:50:40Z 2010-04-20T14:50:40Z 2010-04-20T14:50:40Z
dc.description.abstract Geospatial Reasoning has been an essential aspect of military planning since the invention of cartography. Geospatial Digital Support Products (GDSPs) are ubiquitous within current military forces as well as civil and humanitarian organizations. Nevertheless, there is too little empirical evidence to quantify the military value of geospatial products to the warfighter. We conducted a hypothesis-driven experiment to evaluate the military value of the Battlefield Terrain Reasoning and Awareness – Battle Command (BTRA-BC) GDSP. Realistic scenarios and appropriate measures to assess performance were developed in collaboration with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). The measures included time to completion, objectively assessed solution quality, subjectively assessed solution quality, and terrain understanding. BTRA-BC was integrated into the Army’s Digital Topographic Support System (DTSS). A within-subjects design was employed, in which the participants completed scenarios using DTSS with and without BTRA-BC functionality. Statistical analysis of the data indicated that when the participants used BTRA-BC functionality, they created outputs faster and of higher quality without reducing their knowledge of the impact of the terrain on military decision-making. This paper discusses the scope of the current experiment, the hypotheses, the experimental design, and the results.
dc.description.sponsorship AGC en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject geospatial en_US
dc.subject decision support en_US
dc.subject experiment en_US
dc.title Evaluation of Geospatial Digital Support Products en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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