Deep Understanding of Courses of ActionPaul CohenUniversity of Massachusetts
Computers can understand courses of action well enough to serve as C2 assistants.
Making C2 increasingly electronic will facilitate coalition operations
DARPA’s High Performance Knowledge Bases (HPKB) project, Control of Agent-based Systems (CoABS) and Capture the Flag
Command and control assumes shared understanding, and while the fog of war
might make communication difficult, incomplete, even ambiguous; and while
coalition forces may have different conventions, iconography, and even
doctrine; one generally communicates with well-trained people, and people
are very good at understanding. Computers are not. For programs to be
useful assistants to commanders and staffs, they must understand military
operations much better than they do now. I will survey efforts to give
computers deep understanding of military operations, particularly planning
courses of action and controlling operations, illustrating my brief talk
with projects from the DARPA/AFRL High Performance Knowledge Bases project, including my own Capture the Flag war gaming system.