Simulation Optimization Engine (SIMON II) for Missile Defense

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$749,966.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0006-11-C-7247
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-036-0061
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-036
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115243701
Principal Investigator:
Brad Rosenberg
Senior Scientist
(617) 491-3474
brosenberg@cra.com
Business Contact:
Ninos Hanna
Contract Specialist
(617) 491-3474
nhanna@cra.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Missile defense remains a crucial component for protecting the United States and her allies from potential long-range threats. Modeling and simulation (M&S) is recognized by the Missile Defense Agency as a key enabling technology supporting Warfighters and analysts in ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) design, testing, performance assessment, training, wargaming, and system acquisition. The use of M&S becomes more essential as the numbers, capabilities, complex behaviors, and interactions between evolving BMDS elements, configurations, and threats dramatically increase. Currently, exploration of decision variables within a BMDS-level simulation is a manual process lacking an automated method to determine the optimal decision variable values. Under the Phase I effort, we demonstrated the feasibility of a Simulation Optimization Engine (SIMON) for missile defense. Under the proposed Phase II effort, we will develop and evaluate a full-scope SIMON prototype that features the use of evolutionary algorithms to discover optimal parameters of decision variables for BMDS-level simulations. This is complemented by a suite of graphical configuration, analysis, and visualization tools to support the M&S operator. This BMDS-level simulation optimization capability and toolset is integrated with BMD I-Sim and additional M&S tools to support the automated exploration of offensive scenario designs, BMDS architectures, and operational decision-making strategies.

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