Integration of Field Experimentation and Computer Simulation,
ARMY COMBAT DEVELOPMENTS EXPERIMENTATION COMMAND FORT ORD CA
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The purpose of this paper is to present an example of the integration of the results of field experimentation and predictive computer models. The example is drawn from an on-going United States Department of Defense USDOD effort to evaluate the tactical effectiveness of the existing US antitank missile systems, SHILLELAGH, TOW and DRAGON. The program is called Tactical Effectiveness Testing of Antitank Missiles or TETAM. The USDOD intent in promulgating the testing program was twofold. First, there was the requirement to collect information which would contribute directly to an evaluation of weapons effectiveness. Second, the same information was to be used to verify the outcomes from predictive computer models and thus contribute indirectly, through the use of the verified models, to future evaluations of the weapons themselves or of the generic class of guided anti-armor systems.