Accession Number:

ADA327227

Title:

The Cost and Effectiveness of the Multi-Service Distributed Training Testbed (MDT2) for Training Close Air Support.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 95-Dec 96,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

1997-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

68.0

Abstract:

The Multi-Service Distributed Training Testbed MDT2 is a network of eight Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force simulators tanks, aircraft, target designator, and tactical operations center in different locations that can operate together as if all were engaging an enemy at the same location. All are involved in the mission of close air support. Two sets of exercises were conducted, each lasting 5 days. The results show that performance improved, as shown by measures of battle damage, synchronization of forces, and adherence to coordination procedures. Several comparisons of the costs of conducting training for close air support using this type of simulation or participation in field exercises favors simulation by a factor of ten. The findings provide strong evidence for the utility of distributed interactive simulation as a way to provide multi-Service training.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE