Over the last ten years, the Department of Defense (DoD) and
other Government agencies have invested significant resources
in the development and exploitation of simulation technologies.
This issue of The EDGE highlights key programs where
MITRE is leveraging simulation technology for training, operational
decision support, and acquisition.
The uses of simulation in the acquisition process continue
to grow. MITRE and our sponsors are using simulation to evaluate
emerging technologies and to analyze future tactics, doctrine,
and concepts of operation. Virtual simulations that place the
user in the loop support sub-system technology assessments as
exemplified in the article, "Don't Shoot! I'm Your Friend."
For the Air Force, MITRE is using simulation to investigate
more complex system-of-systems issues such as those discussed
in the article, "Applying Advanced Simulation Technologies
to the Expeditionary Force Experiment."
From an operational perspective, the increasing presence of
the computer on the battlefield as an integral part of Command
and Control presents new challenges to the training of commanders
and their battle staff. "Simulation Trains Commanders"
describes how MITRE is supporting the Army in the use of simulation
to create realistic synthetic environments to stimulate the
Army Battle Command System with data that is representative
of real world situations. This is a critical requirement to
ensure that our leaders are properly trained to exploit the
information superiority that command and control systems are
being designed to provide in the future.
"Parallel Simulation for Worldwide Air Traffic Control,"
discusses MITRE's use of parallel simulation technologies to
develop a real-time operational decision support tool for the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA's use of simulation
to support real-time decision making parallels the DOD's vision
for the use of models and simulations to support military operations.
"SEDRIS-Thinking Globally, Acting Globally," overviews
the DoD's success in developing a DoD-wide capability for environmental
information exchange in the simulation community, and "Modeling
of Realistic Communications for Army Simulations" shows
how MITRE has developed state-of-the-art representations of
evolving Army tactical communications systems to evaluate complex
issues such as the impact of jamming in the Global Positioning
System on military operations.
For more information, please contact guest
editor Howard Carpenter using the employee directory.