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Issue No.04 - July/August (2008 vol.23)
pp: 58-61
S.K. Numrich , Institute for Defense Analyses
Increasingly, modern conflict and military activity require soldiers to carry out their missions within foreign cultures in which the civilian populace rather than a battlefield becomes the focal point. So, from the commander to the soldier on the street, the warfighter must understand the society's values and the motivations of the groups within it. Gaming can help the military train soldiers for this new type of conflict.
human dimension, culture, warfare, gaming, tools, utility function, agent-based models, Bayesian inference, systems dynamics models
S.K. Numrich, "Culture, Models, and Games: Incorporating Warfare's Human Dimension", IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol.23, no. 4, pp. 58-61, July/August 2008, doi:10.1109/MIS.2008.63
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