Theoretical Considerations for Battlespace Information Mediation

Report No. ARL-TN-282
Authors: Richard C. Kaste
Date/Pages: July 2007; 44 pages
Abstract: The purpose of this note is to generate discussions about information fusion modeling for research and hypothesis testing. A modest start on back-of-the-envelope analyses of battlespace digitization and fusion problems is intended to encourage network scientists and analysts of tactical information concerns. We consider several elementary concepts, including amount and value of information, processor level and rate, process rules, and information decay. Given certain theoretical premises about information in a real-time system, the overall problem is one of determining types and connections of processors at various levels to maximize utilizable information. The note utilizes differential equations as a modeling technique; however, other approaches are alluded to. Areas for theoretical investigation are set forth, and several problems are associated with development of information structures and processing techniques. Research merging information theory with control theory may yield opportunities for commercial systems as well as for battle command over the tactical internet.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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