Title: Simulation of counter drugs operations based on geospatial technology for use in a military training simulator
Authors: Ornprapa P. Robert; Chamnan Kumsap; Ampun Janpengpen
Addresses: Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, Silpakorn University, 73000, Nakornpathom, Thailand ' Defence Technology Institute (Public Organisation), Ban Mai, Pak Kret, 11120, Nonthaburi, Thailand ' Defence Technology Institute (Public Organisation), Ban Mai, Pak Kret, 11120, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Abstract: This article reports the adoption of potential surface analysis (PSA) to model drug trafficking routes in Thailand for military training scenarios of a small-arms simulator. GIS data layers were used for analytic hierarchy process. Experts were gathered to brainstorm for potential factors and their ratings based on knowledge, expertise and judgments. Physical, drug-aspect and socio-demographic factors were main factors and further separated into sub-factors. The consistency ratio (CR) was calculated at 0.09, the significance of the factors became less than 0.10, making the consistency acceptable. The PSA revealed potential drug-trafficking routes that were cross-checked with genuine routes. The created military training scenarios were validated by experienced military and security officials. The averaged satisfaction of 3.92 with the standard deviation of 0.75 confirms that the integrated methodology of modelling drug trafficking routes using potential surface analysis is another optional approach to upgrade the military small-arms training simulator.
Keywords: modelling and simulation; drug trafficking; geospatial technology; analytic hierarchy process; AHP; military simulation; military training.
International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2018 Vol.13 No.4, pp.402 - 415
Received: 30 May 2017
Accepted: 07 Oct 2017
Published online: 03 Aug 2018 *