Fang Ren, Ph.D.
Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.
The Spatial Event Analysis Tool is an application to assist United States Army scenario developers who are charged with creating realistic and accurate settings, or story lines, for Army experimentation events. The application focuses on terrorist events reported in newspaper articles and are readily available on the internet. In the past, these reports have been overlooked because their locations are difficult to geocode in a GIS. However, when this information is structured, categorized, with even a general location, tremendous value will be derived through spatial analysis of terrorist events. In Army experiments, this allows for a temporal understanding of how and where terrorist organizations operate. It also aids in identifying trends in terrorist activities.
For participants in Army experiments, the application can serve as a decision support tool that will aid in developing alternative methods to confront terrorist organizations. Most importantly it will allow experiment participants to study nontraditional problem sets with which the Army’s leadership is increasingly confronted.
Leverich, G. (2008). Spatial Event Analysis Tool: An Application for Mapping Terrorists' Events (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/115