Modeling Space in the Air Force Command Exercise System (ACES)
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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In response to the increased influence of space forces on todays battlefield, several theater level models were analyzed for the presentation of space forces. These models were the Extended Air Defense Simulation EADSIM, the Joint Theater Level Simulation JTLS, the Integrated Theater Engagement Model ITEM, the Tactical Warfare Model TACWAR, Thunder, Janus, and the Aggregate Level Simulation Protocol ALSP. While ALSP is not a model but a simulation protocol connecting various models, it was studied because it appears to be the future of modeling. The consensus of the analysis was that space forces are virtually ignored by most of the models and when space was considered, the dynamic nature of the systems involved were not captured. The Air Force Cornmand Exercise System ACES was chosen to determine how the effects of space forces can be implemented into theater level models. ACES is a discrete event combat simulation designed to support intermediate and senior service schools in teaching Air Force doctrine within the context of a theater warfare exercise. Its primary focus is to allow specific educational goals to be taught. This research focused on both the present modeling of space forces within widely used theater level models and a methodology to incorporate space forces into models that lack the influence of space. The Gulf War exposed how important functions performed from space can be to the success of a combat forces. Because of the practicality of spaces influence, a picture of todays battlefield that does not include space forces is incomplete.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Space Warfare