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Visualizing capability requirements in planning scenarios using Principal Component Analysis

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1 Author(s)
Mark Rempel ; Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0K2

In recent years, a shift has occurred in defence strategic planning from being equipment focused towards being capability focused. As a result, several defence departments employ capability based planning in their force development processes rather than the traditional threat based model. However, this has led to a capability requirement visualization problem; that is, given a capability taxonomy, a set of planning scenarios, and a requirement assessment of each capability within each scenario, what are the ways to effectively and efficiently summarize and communicate the pan-scenario capability requirements to decision-makers. In this paper, we apply unsupervised learning techniques to the capability requirement visualization problem. We demonstrate how Principal Components Analysis and k-means clustering may be used to visualize and effectively communicate pan-scenario capability requirements to decision-makers.

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2012 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defence Applications

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11-13 July 2012