Realizing "Jointness" Through Early Testing of Systems in a Distributed Live-Virtual-Constructive Environment
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS WASHINGTON DC
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In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Department of Defense DoD recognized the potential to streamline acquisition by more extensively using modeling and simulation in system development to get a better understanding of the system design. A number of initiatives were started, placing a greater emphasis on models, simulations, and virtual prototypes of specific systems running in a synthetic representation of the battlefield tailored to that system. The test community, likewise, recognized the potential opportunities to test weapon systems before metal was bent, gaining early insight to system performance. To explore the feasibility of distributed testing, the Joint Test and Evaluation Joint Advanced Distributed Simulation JADS Program was chartered. The core conclusion of the JADS Program was that integrating distributed test capabilities with simulations does provide test utility however, many infrastructure challenges must be overcome to make distributed testing timely and cost effective while still providing meaningful results to program managers and system evaluators. The fundamental infrastructure issues were twofold. First, installing a network for each test event took a significant amount of time, and second, the technical solutions used at each test center varied drastically, requiring time and money to develop gateways to bridge across different protocols.
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