Impact of Battlefield Digitization on Defensive Planning and Monitoring in Urban Operations at the Platoon Level


  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Massel, L.J.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Information technology has fundamentally changed battlefield visualization. This experiment investigated the use of digital planning tools to improve combat performance at the dismounted platoon level for defensive planning. Four different digital planning tools: Sextant, Delorme, ArcExplorer (Mr. Sid), and Half-Life; three different Unattended Arial Vehicles (UAV): Draganflyer IV, Predator, Delta Wing; and three types of unattended ground sensors: seismic, wireless cameras and remote cameras were evaluated in this experiment. In addition, the use of Personal Role Radio (PRR) for short-range communications, and five fixed camera angles of the MOUT site to view on Xybernaut computers were also evaluated in this experiment. The trial was split into a planning phase and a monitoring phase. In the planning phase, a group of soldiers planned their defensive position, after they were informed of which building and quadrant of the MOUT site they were to defend. The soldiers used the UGS’ and UAVs to gather information during the digital condition. During the monitoring phase the group of soldiers acted as non-combatants and monitored the attack from the assigned buildings/floor according to their plan. The results suggest that the in-service method was more acceptable than the novel digital approach to planning. While digital tools were believed to accelerate the initial planning process, the tools could not replace the physical recce of the site. The personal role radio (PRR), ae

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;battlefield visualization;mission planning;digital planning tools;Unattended Arial Vehicles;UAV;UGS;unattended ground sensors;Xybernaut;Personal Role Radio;PRR;3D;three diminsional map
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-058 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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