Modeling Time to Derive PLI Information From Open Sources
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The expeditionary nature of USMC operations requires highly maneuverable forces. A highly fluid battle space, typifying maneuver operations, results in rapidly changing unit locations. The exchange of unit position location information (PLI) between force elements on the battlefield, regardless of service organization, is critical to joint operations. However, current policy regarding the classification of PLI data may not reflect the transient nature of tactical forces or the ability to derive the location of force elements through open sources. This study examined the operational impacts of policy and technology on the implementation of PLI systems, of which there is considerable variety. This was done within the current construct of the Marine Corps Operating Concept (MOC).