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Special Operations Forces Aviation Asset Data Model (SOFAADM)

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This memorandum describes the Special Operations Forces Aviation Asset Data Model SOFAADM. The model is an intra-theater sustainment and distribution model that was developed in the Extend trademark simulation environment. The model can be configured to a variety of operational structures to investigate the general purpose airlift requirements for sustaining deployed SOF units. An overview of the model is presented first, with details following in subsequent sections. The model is used to characterize both geographic and command and control structures of SOF units deployed in any area of the world. The primary mission modeled is the routine supply of food and other consumables needed to sustain the forces using aircraft dedicated to that mission. Contingency and nonroutine missions can be added to assess their impact on the availability of aircraft to meet the demand. Examples of contingency missions would be unscheduled mission planning meetings, emergency resupply, and casualty evacuation. A primary output measure is the percent of time at least one aircraft is available for tasking. This represents the ability to fulfill an unscheduled requirement or mission and is closely associated with operational risk. The model also allows the modeler to test different aircraft by inputting their flight characteristics such as airspeed, load capacity, and range limitations. The model can be used to evaluate new aircraft and to compare the performance of different aircraft fleet mixes. A modeler familiar with the basic capabilities of the Extend simulation environment should be able to use the model to develop hisher own scenarios. Detailed descriptions are given of the models blocks, including data inputs, what the blocks do, logical connections between blocks, and block and model outputs.

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  • Transport Aircraft
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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