Framing Cultural Attributes for Human Representation in Military Training and Simulations [open pdf - 408KB]
"This thesis provides insight to improve training of personnel that will support United States Security, Stability, Transformation and Reconstruction (SSTR) operations in the social and cultural context of the Middle East. SSTR operations require competencies far beyond conventional fighting skills. Necessary skills include rounded knowledge about the history and culture, and language, of the indigenous people in the operational area. Through personal interviews, social science research, and historical literature reviews, this thesis provides a framework for training military personnel on culture and social interactions using modeling and simulation. I propose the use of computer agents, bots or avatars with the cultural/social attributes explained within to be a solution to the lack of training in this field. These enhanced interaction skills will further support regional stability, increase cooperative engagements, and decrease insurgent activities."
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