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Terrain analysis : historical perspective and future direction Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study is to review the historical development of the central ideas of military geography and terrain analysis and to examine these new research initiatives from that perspective. Although the mobility and technological aspects of warfare have changed rapidly, the essential geographic nature of warfare has remained constant. In some respects, modern military scientists are even more dependent upon terrain and weather information in order to gain the upper hand on the battlefield. As the defense establishment rushes to fill the very real need for improved geographic analysis, several questions arise: Are the new information and terrain analysis systems being driven by technology itself or by real and historically valid needs? In the long term, are important gaps being left in terrain analysis capabilities within the defense establishment? Is it reasonable and feasible to expect computer systems to replace, in some measure, what has historically been accomplished through manual terrain analysis?
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