Accession Number : ADA303046

Title :   Issues and Challenges in Validating Military Simulation Models.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Elmer, Michael R.

PDF Url : ADA303046

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 120

Abstract : The purpose of this thesis is to address the challenges of validating simulation models, especially those challenges facing military simulation analysts. Three distinct issues are of concern to the military simulation analyst: (1) What type of validation effort do the academic experts recommend? (2) What does the military policy say is necessary for a proper validation effort? (3) what can a simulation practitioner realistically accomplish given time and resource constraints? Four methodologies were chosen to represent the academic perspective on validation. A model of validation methods is integrated from the methodologies of these four simulation validation references. The validation policies of the Army, Navy, and Air Force are examined and analyzed for their methodologies to be applied to simulations. The integrated model is compared to these policies that are being formed within the DoD to determine the relationship between the academic experts and the military policies. Case studies of validation efforts are examined and analyzed for the methodologies used by simulation practitioners. The integrated model is compared to the case studies to examine the relationship between the academic experts and the actual practitioners. Finally, conclusions and observations are drawn from all of these comparisons.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MODELS, METHODOLOGY, AIR FORCE, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, POLICIES, SCHOOLS, VALIDATION, THESES, CASE STUDIES, WAR GAMES, ANALYSTS.

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Computer Programming and Software
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE