Application of Object-Oriented Programming to Combat Modeling and Simulation
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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The Department of Defense DOD has defined modeling and simulation as an area of technology critical to long-term U.S. national security. Research in this area by the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory USACERL has included the development of the Force Structure Tradeoff Analysis Model FSTAM combat engineering modeling and simulation program for the U.S. Army Engineer School USAES. Recent advances in object-oriented programming and hypertext systems have helped stimulate interest is upgrading FSTAM. As part of a separate-but-related initiative, Analysis Command of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC sponsored the development of ModSim, an object- oriented programming language for simulation applications. This language was recognized as a highly valuable tool for application in the planned upgrade of FSTAM. This report describes USACERLs application of object-oriented programming techniques to the development of combat simulations-specifically, combat engineer functional representations. Included is discussion of current research prototypes of FSTAM 2.0 and an enhanced version of ModSim.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics