Capability Based Planning and Information Visualization – Development and Visualizations


  1. Campbell, C.
  2. Labrie, M.-A.
  3. Lamoureux, T.
  4. Smith, G.
  5. Pronovost, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
The Capability Based Planning (CBP) process in Canada is based on an extensive data model that integrates scenario information, effects information, capabilities, force elements, a strategic cost model, and a Program Activity Architecture (PAA) model. Each element is a dense and highly inter-related set of data. Understanding the breadth and depth of considerations that must be made in CBP is difficult for senior decision-makers and their staffs. This contract investigates the potential for information visualization to support these people in understanding and making effective use of CBP model data to support decision-making. To this end, this report describes the preliminary use of two information visualization toolkits (Prefuse and Flare, selected during phase I of this work) to develop simple visualizations. This work had two purposes: familiarization with the toolkits, and evaluation of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two toolkits. The output from this preliminary work is presented here, as are the results of an evaluation session involving the contract Scientific Authority (SA). Based on this preliminary work, Prefuse is recommended for further development work, and a number of features of a prototype information visualization application are introduced that may be helpful for CBP decision makers.

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capability based planning;information visualization;strategic planning
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2012-065 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2012
Number of Pages
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