The Coordinated Spiral: Concurrent Modeling and Simulation Development with C4ISR Systems
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB MESA AZ HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTORATE
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Currently Modeling and Simulation MS requirements in support of Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance C4ISR systems tend to be developed following the effected C4ISR system fielding. The resultant delayed fielding of the supporting MS not only causes several problems from the viewpoint of the user i.e., lack of training but also is a potential advantage lost to both the C4ISR and MS system developers. The popularity of the spiral development process with its shortened requirement to fielding timelines compounds this problem. MS development conducted for a recent Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment JEFX produced an interface between the Air Warfare Simulation AWSIM and the Theater Battle Management Core System TBMCS which modified the traditional spiral development process as it occurs between C4ISR systems and supporting MS. This modified process produced a workable interface faster, which not only provided users training prior to C4ISR system but also aided in the requirementsacquisition and test and evaluation processes. This paper discusses the modified spiral development process, its effects on the JEFX process and presents some lessons learned and suggestions for future modifications.
- Operations Research
- Command, Control and Communications Systems