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Defense Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis

MEETING THE CHALLENGE

Committee on Modeling and Simulation for Defense Transformation

Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

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COMMITTEE ON MODELING AND SIMULATION FOR DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION

SALLIE KELLER-McNULTY,

Rice University,

Chair

KIRSTIE L. BELLMAN,

The Aerospace Corporation

KATHLEEN M. CARLEY,

Carnegie Mellon University

PAUL K. DAVIS,

RAND

RICHARD IVANETICH,

Institute for Defense Analyses

KATHRYN B. LASKEY,

George Mason University

R. BOWEN LOFTIN,

Texas A&M University at Galveston

GEN DAVID M. MADDOX, Consultant

DENNIS K. McBRIDE,

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

COL MICHAEL McGINNIS,

United States Military Academy

STEPHEN POLLOCK,

University of Michigan

DAVID R. PRATT,

SAIC

STEPHEN M. ROBINSON,

University of Wisconsin-Madison

DETLOF von WINTERFELDT,

University of Southern California

MICHAEL ZYDA,

University of Southern California

Staff

SCOTT WEIDMAN, Director,

NEAL GLASSMAN, Senior Staff Officer

BARBARA WRIGHT, Administrative Assistant

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BOARD ON MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS

DAVID W. McLAUGHLIN,

New York University,

Chair

PHILIP A. BERNSTEIN,

Microsoft Corporation

SPENCER J. BLOCH,

University of Chicago

PATRICK L. BROCKETT,

University of Texas at Austin

ARAVINDA CHAKRAVARTI,

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

PHILLIP COLELLA,

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

LAWRENCE CRAIG EVANS,

University of California at Berkeley

JOHN E. HOPCROFT,

Cornell University

C. DAVID LEVERMORE,

University of Maryland

CHARLES M. LUCAS,

AIG (retired)

CHARLES MANSKI,

Northwestern University

JOYCE McLAUGHLIN,

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

JILL P. MESIROV,

Broad Institute

ANDREW M. ODLYZKO,

University of Minnesota

JOHN RICE,

University of California at Berkeley

STEPHEN M. ROBINSON,

University of Wisconsin-Madison

EDWARD WEGMAN,

George Mason University

DETLOF von WINTERFELDT,

University of Southern California

LAI-SANG YOUNG,

New York University

Staff

SCOTT WEIDMAN, Director,

NEAL GLASSMAN, Senior Staff Officer

BARBARA WRIGHT, Administrative Assistant

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Acknowledgments

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Richard Deckro, Air Force Institute of Technology,

Paul Fishwick, University of Florida,

Robert A. Frosch, Harvard University,

Thom J. Hodgson, North Carolina State University,

Gregory S. Parnell, United States Military Academy,

Ervin Y. Rodin, Washington University, and

Marlin Thomas, Air Force Institute of Technology.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by John Christie of the Logistics Management Institute. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

The committee acknowledges the valuable contribution of the following individuals who provided input at the committee’s meetings:

John Allen, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,

Michael Bailey, U.S. Marine Corps, Training and Education Command,

Philip Barry, George Mason University,

Donald R. Bates, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Warfare Systems Office,

ADM Arthur Cebrowski, DoD Office of Force Transformation,

Anthony Cerri, U.S. Joint Forces Command,

David Chu, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness,

Philip Coyle, former head of DoD Office of Test and Evaluation,

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W. Forrest Crain, Headquarters, Department of the Army,

David Davis, George Mason University,

Fred Hartman, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness,

Orville Hay, U.S. Joint Forces Command,

Jacqueline Henningsen, Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency,

Randy Hill, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California,

Andrew Loerch, Mitre Corporation,

Gregory Melcher, Chief of Naval Operations Staff,

Randy Michelsen, Los Alamos National Laboratory,

Steven Moore, U.S. Joint Forces Command,

Al Sciarretta, CNS Technologies, Inc.,

John Surdu, Analysis Center of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and

David Weddel, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

The committee also gained much by sending individual members on site visits to Purdue University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Sante Fe Institute, and the NATO Modeling Center in Hampton, Virginia, and is very appreciative of the exchanges of expertise and hospitality shown at these visits.

The committee also thanks the following experts who contributed to a session in October 2004 to better scope the study:

David Banks, Duke University,

Thomas Cioppa, Naval Postgraduate School,

John Sommerer, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University,

Stuart Starr, Barcroft Research Institute, and

Marlin Thomas, Purdue University.

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Contents

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1

1

 

INTRODUCTION

 

4

   

 Motivation for the Report,

 

4

   

 Study Goals and Process,

 

5

   

 The Scientific and Societal Role of MS&A,

 

5

   

 The Role of MS&A in the Department of Defense,

 

5

   

 Roles Played by Individuals in the MS&A Enterprise,

 

7

   

 Structure of This Report,

 

7

   

 References,

 

8

2

 

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE

 

9

   

 New Challenges for Resource Allocation, Planning, Training, and Operations,

 

9

   

 Integration of Department of Defense Processes,

 

10

   

 Capabilities-Based Planning,

 

11

   

 Network-Centric Warfare,

 

11

   

 Reconstruction and Stabilization,

 

11

   

 Diplomatic, Intelligence, Military, and Economic (DIME) Options,

 

12

   

 Effects-Based Operations and Effects-Based Planning,

 

12

   

 New Technological Landscape,

 

13

   

 Large Integrated, Interdependent Systems,

 

13

   

 System of Systems,

 

14

   

 Embedded Systems,

 

14

   

 Unmanned Systems,

 

14

   

 Estimating Return on Investment,

 

15

   

 References,

 

16

3

 

NEW CHALLENGES AND DIRECTIONS FOR MS&A

 

17

   

 Capabilities Needed for Defense MS&A,

 

17

   

 Representing Complex, Dynamic, and Adaptive Systems,

 

17

   

 Representing Embedded Systems,

 

18

   

 Representing Networking,

 

20

   

 Promising Technical Approaches for Attaining the Needed MS&A Capabilities,

 

22

   

 Exploratory Analysis,

 

23

   

 Multiresolution Modeling and Families of Models and Games,

 

24

   

 Optimization and Agent-Based Modeling,

 

25

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 Other Methods for Representing Adaptive Systems,

 

26

   

 Social Behavioral Networks,

 

27

   

 Serious Games,

 

28

   

 Network Science,

 

29

   

 Building the Scientific Base for Embedded MS&A,

 

29

   

 Expanded Concepts of Validation,

 

30

   

 Infrastructure to Support the Needed MS&A Capabilities,

 

31

   

 Composability,

 

32

   

 Improved Data Collection for MS&A,

 

32

   

 Visualization of High-Dimensional Data,

 

35

   

 Chains of Tools and of Computational Platforms,

 

35

   

 Service-Oriented Architectures,

 

36

   

 A Definitive Repository,

 

37

   

 Cooperation with Other Entities,

 

38

   

 References,

 

38

4

 

MS&A AND DECISION MAKING

 

40

   

 Identification of the Decision Problem and Selection of an MS&A Approach,

 

40

   

 Interaction between the MS&A Team and Decision Makers,

 

41

   

 Normative vs. Descriptive Models of Decision Making,

 

41

   

 Addressing Uncertainties,

 

42

   

 Documentation and Communication,

 

43

   

 References,

 

44

5

 

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN DEFENSE-RELATED MS&A

 

45

   

 A Survey of Today’s Education and Training Landscape for MS&A,

 

46

   

 MS&A Curriculum,

 

47

   

 Background Competency,

 

47

   

 Core Competency,

 

48

   

 Defense-Specific Competency,

 

49

   

 Fostering a Strong and Effective MS&A Community at the Department of Defense,

 

49

   

 References,

 

51

6

 

MOVING FORWARD

 

52

   

 Department of Defense’s Need to Lead in MS&A and Military Science,

 

52

   

 Steps for Advancing MS&A in Engineering,

 

53

   

 International Aspects of MS&A,

 

54

   

 Conclusions,

 

54

 

 

APPENDIXES

 

 

   

 A  Serious Games and Their Role in Defense Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis

 

59

   

 B  Social Behavioral Modeling

 

64

   

 C  Composability

 

74

   

 D  Biographies of Committee Members

 

81

   

 E  Acronyms

 

85

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