U.S. Army researchers endeavor to develop a pack- age of decision-supporting applications known as the Commander’s Virtual Staff and a Tactical Computing Environment that offers advanced computer-human interfaces, a collaborative data environment,
intelligent mobility and a common user
experience across computing platforms.
The Army’s goal is to enable an expeditionary force capable
of deploying at a moment’s notice to austere locations around
the world with troops that can carry out their missions immediately upon arrival. Commanders and their staffs will need to
efficiently plan, execute and assess multiple missions involving multiple types of threats, and they will have to constantly
switch between different decision contexts in a fast-paced
environment, explains Nick Palmer, lead computer scientist
within the Mission Command Capabilities Division of the
Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development
and Engineering Center (CERDEC). That is why Palmer and
his team in the Command, Power and Integration Directorate are developing the Commander’s Virtual Staff (CVS),
which blends cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and
computer automation to support tactical decision making for
Army commanders and their staffs.
Think of a hybrid of Siri, IBM’s Watson and Google Now
designed for battle command purposes. “With the CVS, we’re
trying to help with that cognitive burden by providing flexible decision-support tools and automation for specific tasks,”
The CVS science and technology project kicked off this
year. Researchers, who have made significant progress in
providing data to commanders, now are focused on transforming that data into usable information and knowledge as
well as providing decision-aiding tools.
Studies conducted at the Mission Command Center of
Excellence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, show that Army
Technologists strive to
support expeditionary forces.
BY GEORGE I.
Soldiers attack simulated enemy combatants during
a training exercise in Germany. Army researchers are
integrating voice recognition into computing systems
mounted onto vehicles with intercoms that allow
soldiers to communicate in combat conditions.