Implementing the Cultural Dimension into a Command and Control System

Abstract

Current command and control (C2) operations are centered on addressing the root causes of state failure and instability. For success, these C2 operations require the cooperation of local populations and governments. To win this cooperation, we need to be able to predict changes in the opinions of local populations. Cultural identity is a critical factor in this process. These cultural identities are multi-layered and dynamic. In order to predict the impact of events on a population’s attitude, one must remember that each person has several different identities and that some of these identities may change. Further people’s attitudes change based on their contact with other individuals. When people’s attitudes change, then their participation in groups changes as well. SCIPR (Simulation of Cultural Identities for Prediction of Reactions) is an agent based computer simulation that forecasts the effects of actions on peoples’ opinions and cultural identities to better model the underlying forces driving attitude based conflicts. In this paper, we will describe the development of the SCIPR model and its application for current C2 operations.

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@inproceedings{Grier2008ImplementingTC, title={Implementing the Cultural Dimension into a Command and Control System}, author={Rebecca A. Grier and Bruce Skarin and Alexander Lubyansky and Anthony Zinni}, year={2008} }