The Advanced Capability for Understanding and Managing Effects Networks (ACUMEN) assesses status, detects problem areas, and develops recommendations at all levels within a Strategic Plan from objectives to mission execution. ACUMEN provides substantial automation of key operational assessment workflows including: near real-time monitoring of plan status; causal linkage analysis; prediction of plan element achievement; re-allocation analysis; report and briefing generation; and provides lessons learned from past performance information to help determine the likelihood of future success. ACUMEN offers the potential to significantly reduce the amount of manpower required to correlate and aggregate assessment data while simultaneously producing higher fidelity assessment information.
Assists in answering the questions:
- How am I doing on my plan?
- How well is my plan doing?
- How can the plan be improved?
- What lessons learned from executing previous plans can improve our performance on current/future conflicts?
ACUMEN integrates with a number of existing systems including Integrated Warfare Planning Capability (IWPC), Joint Targeting Toolkit (JTT), and Theater Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS) 1.1.3. Structured messages such as Battle Damage Assessment Reports (BDAREPs), Mission Reports (MISREPs), Daily Intelligence Summaries (DISUMs), and Intelligence Summaries (INTSUMs) are supported. These tools and sources are supported if they are available, but not required.
Assessment products are provided via services. ACUMEN is designed to allow integration of new data sources, and is adaptable to different deployment environments. Data available via web services, databases, or structured messages may be used for automated monitoring of status. Unstructured data (PowerPoint, Excel, E-mail, imagery, video, etc.) may be associated to Plan elements and used to support assessment status.