Using the Global Positioning System (GPS) to fulfill the position/location requirements of the National Training Center (NTC) and other U.S. Army instrumented testing and training ranges.
Young, Nolan B.
Mansager, Bard K.
Jones, Carl R.
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This thesis discusses the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to fulfill requirements for exact position/location (P/L) of combat elements on Army testing and training ranges. These requirements include the control of the ranges, measuring effectiveness of employing new systems or doctrine, use in after action reviews (AARs) to discuss battlefield events, recording operations for later analysis, and safety. It also addresses use of GPS equipped systems by the player units while participating in simulated combat on these ranges. The National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California, is currently the largest and most complex of the Army's instrumented ranges. It is referred to throughout this thesis for examples of P/L requirements and instrumentation capabilities. The development and fielding of GPS has added a new dimension in the Army's ability to accurately measure and record P/L. The designers of future instrumentation upgrades are incorporating GPS capabilities. This thesis will show how capabilities can be improved and money saved by using a coordinated effort when employing GPS on the Army's instrumented ranges.
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