Accession Number : ADA305451

Title :   A General Approach to Investing in the New Modeling and Simulation Tools With A Case Study: Naval Mine Countermeasures Programs,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Hurley, W. J. ; McCaffree, B. C. ; Stahl, M. M.

PDF Url : ADA305451

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 218

Abstract : Recent advances in computing, networking and visualization have led to dramatic improvements in modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities. The key issue for DoD is how to successfully convert these impressive technical developments into useful tools for addressing DoD's needs. This study proposes a general framework for deciding how to invest in the new M&S tools. The framework begins with an articulation of a key need facing the decision maker. It then addresses the potential roles for M&S in meeting that need, the implied characteristics of the M&S tools, their costs, value added, risks, funding, and management. It then repeats this process for a range of needs facing the decision maker, and, by looking for common elements and setting priorities, seeks to integrate the results across all of the needs into a single M&S plan. As a case study, this process is applied to the area of naval mine countermeasures (MCM). No detailed road map for M&S investment is given, but the issues that arise are described along with some methods that may be used to resolve them. A strawman approach to MCM M&S investments is presented. This is a 'fleet first' approach which focuses initially on training, tactical development and mission rehearsal with later applications to acquisition once acceptance of the M&S tools, and confidence in them, have been established. The general framework described should be applicable to any area where the benefits and costs of the new M&S tools are under consideration.

Descriptors :   *MINE COUNTERMEASURES, *CASE STUDIES, *NAVAL MINES, SIMULATION, ACQUISITION, MODELS, COSTS, FLEETS(SHIPS), NAVAL PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Land Mine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE