National Security Experimentation Laboratory

March 2014
Topics: Emergency Preparedness and Response, Military Simulation, Modeling and Simulation
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​The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security need an operationally realistic environment where they can conduct detailed investigations into new and innovative concepts, technologies, platforms, systems, and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). Ideally, they should have this capability before they incur the cost and effort of a live exercise.

MITRE has developed a federated simulation capability for the DoD and DHS to provide afford­able, dynamic experimentation that brings new capabilities one step closer to the operational community. The central component is our distributed, collaborative test bed, the National Security Experimentation Laboratory (NSEL) in McLean, Va. It enables MITRE and our partners to conduct simulation experiments, or SIMEXs, with real Command and Control systems, simulated weap­ons and sensors, and real military and civilian operators executing various crisis action scenarios. Conducted in distributed environments over NIPRNET, SIPRNET, DREN, SDREN, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), these SIMEXs address interoperability among systems and evolve concepts of operation and TTPs using advanced technology.

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