History of the ARPA Synthetic Environments for Requirements and Concept Evaluation and Synthesis (SERCES) Program
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report documents the key activities and accomplishments of the ARPA Synthetic Environments for Requirements and Concept Evaluation and Synthesis SERCES program. The program objective was to demonstrate how distributed simulation could assist in the Defense acquisition process. SERCES sought to merge together several dispersed development simulation activities, to conduct a case study relating to a system within the acquisition process, and to offer tools which could aid other acquisition programs. DARPA, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Joint Program Office UAV JPO, and the Naval Command, Control, and Ocean Surveillance Centers Navy Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Division NRaD agreed to conduct a set of exercises which would support the Maritime Unmanned Aerial Vehicle MUAV. This report reviews the interconnections which were made between the UAV JPOs Joint Development Facility in McLean, Virginia, and the NRaDs Research, Evaluation and System Analysis RESA facility in San Diego, California. The results of the initial exercise and of simulations conducted in preparation to the second exercise are described. Also discussed is a process modeling tool that was developed and used for exercise preparation.
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