Accession Number:

ADA445444

Title:

The Design of a Stand-Alone Division Tactics Simulator Utilizing Non-Proprietary (Open Source) Media and Iterative Development

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

Fleet maneuvers, or division tactics DIVTACS, are achieved by a series of precision shipboard movements directed by an Officer in Tactical Control. Much like a precision drill team, DIVTACS training requires multiple ships underway in close proximity, often a rare commodity. Costs to conduct live training range from several Thousand per evolution to several Million dollars to repair ships after a collision at-sea. Computer simulation opens the door to maximizing DIVTACS training, while mitigating risk. The Navy spends in excess of 60 Million per year on simulation-based training. Currently available simulators provide a DIVTACS capability by connecting several simulators together via a LAN. These simulators are cost prohibitive ranging from 100,000 to Millions of dollars per unit. They are manpower and maintenance intensive requiring dedicated infrastructures, drastically limiting deploy-ability and reliability. Open source applications are gaining considerable leverage in the commercial market and offer significant cost-reductions. This thesis explored the possibilities of open source development by providing a proof of concept division tactics simulator. Additional considerations were given to the extension of the simulator for use in surface tactics in general and areas of future research.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE