Modeling Distributed Tactical Operations for Command and Control Analysis


Magnus Morin


Analyzing command and control in tactical operations is an important means of determining whether the procedures and equipment used to coordinate the efforts of multiple, distributed units are appropriate and whether key personnel are able to complete their tasks. This analysis must consider communication between multiple actors working in a dynamically evolving operational environment. We argue that multimedia models of distributed work, systematically constructed from operational data, can help participants, managers, and analysts to grasp the ramifications of decisions and actions in a distributed dynamic environment. We describe a modeling method and a visualization framework and discuss their application to the analysis of command and control in emergency response operations.