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Towards Simulating the Complex Nature of Asymmetric Operations in Tactical Immersive Environments

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Predictive behavior modeling poses several difficult challenges. Human behavior modeling using rational choice theory, negotiation protocols, and other socio-economic models have been somewhat successful in prediction of events on a city-wide or state-wide level (or a combination of levels) although tactical level simulations often do not consider this level of complex human interplay. Often seemingly small or insignificant tactical level events have lead to socio-political situations that shape the course of wars, influence political and policy changes, create areas of hostile incubation, and affect economic and social climates. ICF International proposes an immersive tactical level simulation framework that provides a novel method of modeling social complexity in which virtual agents perceive events and share their interpretations of events.

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  • Paul Cummings

    Senior FellowICF International

    Paul Cummings has more than 17 years of technical and management leadership experience in the education, simulation, and training community. He has been a major contributor to several large research programs where he led the design of several live, virtual, and constructive training systems. Mr. Cummings leads the development of all of ICF’s modeling, simulation, and gaming products for clients such as the U.S. Air Force, Center for Army Leadership, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, and Internal Revenue Service. He studied computer science and cognitive psychology at Boston University and in a New York University graduate program.

  • Mick Golson

    Senior FellowICF International

    Mick Golson has more than 30 years of management experience in military policy analysis and information systems management in logistics management and energy, including developing and managing large IT programs and training units in U.S. government and private sectors. He leads virtual and medical modeling, simulation, and gaming and leads efforts to support the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Navy Medical Modeling and Simulation Programs where staff are trained in critical lifesaving techniques. He also specializes in U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) petroleum management, military logistics, and information technology with a focus in modeling and simulations as applied to military operations.

    In addition, Mr. Golson has performed extensive work on defining USAF logistics capabilities needed to execute the full range of military options. His knowledge of logistics and advance training systems has led to multiple contract awards with the USAF Expeditionary Center.

    Mr. Golson has a master's degree in Software Engineering and a B.A. in Management Studies. He has several published papers on human dimension modeling in tactical level environments.

  • Project ManagerICF International

    Jeff Patterson has more than 30 years of experience in the Department of Defense (DoD) as a career Marine. He is the program manager for the Command and Control Portfolio Management project for U.S. Joint Forces Command. He has expertise in irregular warfare, amphibious operations, strategic and operational planning, and training.

    He commanded the 3rd Marine Regiment and was the Chief of Staff for Marine Forces Pacific, Senior Fellow for the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Study Group XX, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Chair and Professor of Military Strategy & Logistics at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.

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Published: May 20, 2010
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Linda Lewandowski


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