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Innovative Ways to Streamline Scenario Generation Across a System of Systems M&S Enterprise



TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Information Systems

OBJECTIVE: Develop a set of capabilities that significantly improves the quality and timeliness of scenario generation and streamlines the development, integration, and validation of those scenarios for System of Systems (SoS) integrated system-level simulations.

DESCRIPTION: The government's modeling and simulation enterprise desires a new, innovative approach to streamline scenario generation across the SoS M&S Enterprise (specifically Hardware-in-the-Loop and Digital system level simulations). The current scenario generation process is a cumbersome, sequential resource and time intensive effort that requires work by every component of the integrated simulation plus supporting organizations impacting the responsiveness of the M&S. The Scenario generation process includes a physical representation of the threat (Red Force), Blue Force, and environments. Currently this is a time-intensive manual process where scenario requirements are generated to meet engagement and test objective goals with the least amount of test cases and scenarios as possible. These scenarios are then fed into a Test Case Description Document that is used to create the SoS scenarios. This topic seeks solutions to the following issues with the current scenario generation process: 1) reduce the time it takes to generate the scenarios; 2) improve object clarity in how the scenarios meet event objectives; 3) reduce and prioritize the scenarios generated; 4) improve the mechanism to validate the scenarios against configurations; 5) improve re-use of validated scenario packages that can be used across multiple events and multiple campaigns; 6) develop methods for consistent comparisons across events and campaigns. Proposed solutions must be able to span across multiple intended uses and levels of abstraction, taking into account the need of constituent systems.

PHASE I: Design and develop improved solutions, methods, and concepts for streamlined scenario generation. The solutions should capture the key areas where new development is needed, suggest appropriate methods and technologies to minimize the time intensive processes, and incorporate new technologies researched during design development. Define the architecture and validity in SoS simulation enterprise.

PHASE II: Complete a detailed SoS prototype design incorporating government performance requirements. The contractor will coordinate with the government during prototype design and development to ensure that the delivered products will be relevant to ongoing and planned missile defense projects. This prototype design will be used to form the development and implementation of a mature, full-scale capability in Phase III.

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Scale-up the capability from the prototype utilizing the new hardware and/or software technologies developed in Phase II into a mature, field-able capability. Work with missile defense integrators to integrate the technology for a missile defense system level test-bed and test in a relevant environment.


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KEYWORDS: system of systems simulations, scenario generation, enterprise, modeling and simulation, software development testing, simulation testing

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