Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.
Fang Ren, Ph.D.
Mark Covey, M.S.
Improving training methods at military training centers will benefit preparations for combat operations and overseas operations conducted by the U.S military. One way to improve training methods is to identify off-road transportation networks for areas of military interest around the world. Using data from the Fort Irwin National Training Center combined with ArcGIS software, a model is developed to create alternate, off-road transportation routes that might be used by insurgents to avoid being detected. The methodology used in this project included creating a cost surface, using least cost path analysis, and taking additional steps in order for the final results to be compatible with other military software. Results were generated for various scenarios including routes that avoided checkpoints and steep terrain. This project was proven to be a significant tool for the client to use for training purposes.
Ginsberg, R. N. (2008). TaRGeT: A Tactical Route Generation Tool for Determining an Off-Road Route (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/56