Accession Number : ADA304338

Title :   Performance Testing for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Tactical Warfare Simulation.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Sawyers, William A.

PDF Url : ADA304338

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : The Marine Air Ground Task Force( MAGTF) Tactical Warfare Simulation (MTWS) is a computer-assisted wargame being developed to provide a cost effective, yet realistic, training environment for Marine commanders and their staffs. A Developmental Test, conducted in November 1994, highlighted the need to improve the overall performance of the system. However, performance testing methods, which were used to evaluate the timeliness of events and the responsiveness of the simulation processes, were relatively new and unproven. A more thorough analysis of MTWS Developmental Test data and performance testing techniques should provide valuable insight for suggesting improvements. With this purpose in mind, this thesis conducts a detailed analysis of the MTWS Developmental Test to assess the statistical significance of the test results, recommend improved performance measures, establish a quantifiable baseline for evaluating future MTWS configurations, and recommend enhanced testing procedures for assessing performance. Since performance testing will continue throughout the system's life cycle, it is hoped that many of these suggestions and techniques will be adopted in subsequent tests. Much of this insight may apply not only to MTWS, but to other wargaming systems as well. Broad issues relating to system performance are discussed in terms of the specification, design, and testing of computer-based warfare simulations.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *WAR GAMES, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *TACTICAL WARFARE, *MARINE CORPS TRAINING, *MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS, TEST AND EVALUATION, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, ENVIRONMENTS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PERFORMANCE TESTS, SPECIFICATIONS, TEST METHODS, THESES, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, LIFE CYCLES, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, TIMELINESS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE