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Modeling and Simulation to Support C4ISR Acquisition and Transformation

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Recently, a C4ISR Information Superiority Modeling Simulation Master Plan IS MS MP was issued by the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD addressing the application of MS to all functional areas associated with C4ISR. In the area of acquisition, the C4ISR IS MS MP called for the following actions recommend and outline methods for providing improved MS support to C4ISR acquisition, and provide recommendations of desirable policy changes and initiatives along with metrics. To implement these actions, a workshop was convened on 2-4 April 2002 under the sponsorship of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense C3I the Director, Interoperability, Undersecretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology, Logistics and the Director, Defense Modeling and Simulation Office DMSO. Forty-four subject matter experts from government, industry, and academia were assembled to address the subject. The participants were organized into breakout groups to address C4ISR acquisition by system type i.e., sensors, communications, C2information processing and systems-of-systems. A synthesis panel was convened to identify and summarize the similarities and differences in the findings and recommendations of the other breakout groups. To initiate the deliberations, the breakout groups were provided with a strawman list of MS capability objectives to support C4ISR acquisition. For each of the major phases in the DoD Directive 5000 on the acquisition of systems, the breakout groups used the strawman list to identify and prioritize key MS needs i.e., the cases where critical MS capability objectives could not be satisfied by the year 2007. This paper summarizes the highest priority MS needs that were identified by the groups to support the acquisition and transformation of C4ISR systems over the next 5 years. The findings and recommendations from this workshop will drive DoDs investment in MS to support the acquisition and transformation of C4ISR systems.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Intelligence
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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