Multinational war games will test analysis tool

Multinational war games will test analysis tool

When the U.S. Joint Forces Command conducts a second multinational war games experiment in February, it will use a new software analysis tool that displays relationships between key facts buried in separate files.

In an event called Multinational Limited Objective Experiment 2, the Joint Forces Command will join Australian, British, Canadian and German defense officials in enacting a 2010 Pacific Rim scenario to establish whether they can easily and securely share information and, together, gauge an enemy's socioeconomic, political, military and technological potential.

The information-gathering process, known as an operational net assessment, will undergo its second international test from Feb. 10 to Feb. 28. Joint Forces Command led a multinational experiment in November 2001, designed to test foreign collaboration in military action.

In this second test, a command control cell in Suffolk, Va., will launch the invented pre-crisis scenarios in the Pacific.

The research product, ClearResearch, will tag key points or names from reams of data that each country will receive on an enemy nation. It will analyze those facts, finding relationships to other facts from several data sources, whether they are news stories, reports, Web sites or memos.

The software then displays a single view of the relationships, dividing the computer screen into separate chunks with lines or circles drawn around associated facts or names.

Developed by ClearForest Corp. of New York, the software uses Extensible Markup Language, whose universality allows different file and data formats to overlap easily, and runs on Microsoft Windows NT and 2000 operating systems. Joint command paid more than $200,000 for the software.

(Updated Dec. 16, 2002)

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