Accession Number : ADA327227

Title :   The Cost and Effectiveness of the Multi-Service Distributed Training Testbed (MDT2) for Training Close Air Support.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 95-Dec 96,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Orlamsky, Jesse ; Taylor, Henry L. ; Levine, Daniel B. ; Honig, John G.

PDF Url : ADA327227

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : The Multi-Service Distributed Training Testbed (MDT2) is a network of eight Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force simulators (tanks, aircraft, target designator, and tactical operations center) in different locations that can operate together as if all were engaging an enemy at the same location. All are involved in the mission of close air support. Two sets of exercises were conducted, each lasting 5 days. The results show that performance improved, as shown by measures of battle damage, synchronization of forces, and adherence to coordination procedures. Several comparisons of the costs of conducting training for close air support using this type of simulation or participation in field exercises favors simulation by a factor of ten. The findings provide strong evidence for the utility of distributed interactive simulation as a way to provide multi-Service training.

Descriptors :   *TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *DISTRIBUTED INTERACTIVE SIMULATION, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, MILITARY EXERCISES, WAR GAMES, MILITARY TRAINING, FLIGHT SIMULATORS, COOPERATION, TRAINING MANAGEMENT, RADAR TARGET POSITION SIMULATORS.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE