Military To Create Human, Social And Cultural Simulations
In his excellent 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment, Frank Herbert wrote extensively about the use of simulations in warfare and insurgencies. In this excerpt, conflict escalates and Jedrik feels the need for a more accurate simulation of the Gowachin commander, Broey.
He entered a larger space full of projection-room gloom with shadowed figures seated facing a holographic focus on his left. McKie identified Jedrik by her profile, slipped into a seat beside her.
McKie recognized the subtle slippage of computer simulation. That was not a flesh-and-blood Broey in the focus.
"He's beginning to do things I didn't anticipate."
Jedrik was reworking the simulation model of Broey which she carried in her head. McKie saw that every seat in the room had an arm keyed to the simulations.
(Read more about Herbert's personality simulator)
The simulators were also used to get a better understanding of the social milieu and cultural customs of enemies.
It appears that people in the Pentagon have paying attention to the idea of using simulation for insurgent conflict. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has asked for Phase 1 submissions for HSC – Human, Social, and Cultural Behavior Modeling.
The overall goals of the Human, Social, and Cultural Behavior Modeling (HSCB) program are to create models that will operate in a plug-and-play environment; to perform research in support of model development; and to develop analytical, planning, and training applications that use human, social, and cultural behavior models...
The operational focus of the program is on identifying and forecasting potential conflict areas, drivers of conflict, and the complex system of emergent insurgencies...
Mission rehearsal requires a clear view and understanding of the local human terrain that is applicable to live, virtual and constructive training environments. Mission rehearsal also requires tools that are supported by robust models of the behavior of individuals and groups in the socio-cultural environment at hand... Accurate data and models – that are based on robust theoretical foundations and cast into appropriate training, experimentation, and rehearsal tools – are critical to enable joint and interagency teams to devise new doctrine and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that account for the environment in which they will be working.
From HSC – Human, Social, and Cultural Behavior Modeling [pdf] via Wired.
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