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Use of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) in Support of the Quantitative Assessment of FORCEnet Systems and Concepts

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The work to be described in this paper addresses recent advances in the application of modeling and simulation MS techniques to the problem of quantifying the force-level warfighting value-added of FORCEnet and related doctrine and systems in the context of realistic scenarios including Operational War Plans OPLANs. The MS activities discussed in this paper have been conducted in support of operational experiments and wargames, as part of analyses in support of CINC-level commands, and as a part of analyses in support of certain specific acquisition programs having the requirement to demonstrate synergy with ongoing U.S. Department of Defense DoD and U.S. Navy FORCEnet and Network Centric Warfare NCW improvement programs. Lessons-learned concerning the challenges associated with representing information technology IT infrastructure improvements along with required FORCEnetNCW warfare process re-engineering WPR initiatives will be presented. An iterative cycle of WPR initiative formulation and evaluation is often a required part of an assessment of the force-level warfighting value-added of specific FORCEnetNCW improvements. This paper will also describe the extent to which the MS approaches employed in the analyses alluded to above are consistent with the OSD C3I Network Centric Warfare Conceptual Framework. This framework provides a basis for making quantitative assessments of the degree to which specific Mission Capabilities Packages MCPs, IT infrastructure improvement initiatives, and associated warfighting process improvements yield operational value-added in the manner envisioned by the tenants of NCW.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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