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Evaluation of Geospatial Digital Support Products

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dc.contributor.author Powell, Walter A.
dc.contributor.author Laskey, Kathryn Blackmond
dc.contributor.author Adelman, Leonard
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Ryan
dc.contributor.author Dorgan, Shiloh
dc.contributor.author Hieb, Micheal
dc.contributor.author Braswell, Kenneth
dc.contributor.author Powers, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-20T14:50:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-20T14:50:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-20T14:50:40Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/5789
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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