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Joint Theater Missile Defense (TMD) Modeling and Simulation (U)

Overview (U):

(U) Modeling and Simulation support provides an alternate analysis method for the development of Theater Missile Defense (TMD) systems rather than "live" testing. The BMD community has developed an extensive array of integrated computer models, simulations, wargames, and system exercisers. The network of modeling and simulation facilities includes the Joint National Test Facility (JNTF) at Schriever AFB, Colorado, and the Advanced Research/Simulation Center (ARC) at Huntsville, Alabama. The JNTF provides the BMD community access to a world class facility where real-time simulations, threat models and wargaming are performed to evaluate BMD weapon systems across Service boundaries. The JNTF is the joint missile defense modeling, simulation, and test center of excellence whose focus is the joint inter-service, interoperability, and integration aspects of missile defense system acquisition. The Facility is staffed by all the Services.

Description (U):

(U) This Joint Theater Missile Defense (JTMD) Modeling and Simulation project provides for the development, modification, and validation of modeling and simulation (M&S) techniques and tools that are critical in assessing the projected, alternative, and demonstrated performance capabilities of Theater Missile Defense (TMD) and National Missile Defense (NMD) systems. These large and complex M&S tools require high-performance vector and parallel processing super-computers, scalar processors, and advanced graphic workstations for operation. Portions of this processing capability are housed at the Joint National Test Facility (JNTF) in Colorado Springs, CO, and the Advanced Research Center/Simulation Center (ARC/SC) in Huntsville, AL. These facilities operate in a distributed integrated simulation environment and host the modeling and simulation wargames that provide analysis, integration, demonstration, and performance verification of BMD systems. The JNTF and ARC/SC facilities and the Joint Missile Defense Network (JMDN), which links BMD Contractors, Services and other DoD government facilities, are utilized by all Services. Procedures are established to ensure efficient utilization of these facilities and to provide verification, validation, and accreditation (VV&A) of the models, simulations, and systems portrayed. This cost effective approach reduces the need for more costly live fire missile test programs and establishes requirements for future technology needs. It promotes enhancements of M&S technologies that support: the acquisition process; the development and fielding of operational capabilities; and the development of common tools, methodologies, and protocols beneficial to data exchange, integration of various modeling and simulations, and software reusability of M&S applications. This project funds the development, operation, and VV&A of the Extended Air Defense Test Bed (EADTB) and the Extended Air Defense Simulation (EADSIM) which support the analysis required for TMD program acquisition and integration. The EADTB is a flexible distributed simulation tool that can determine the performance of existing and conceptual extended air and missile defense systems with the added complexity of theater missile defense threats. This is a multi-node test bed that is comprised of high and medium fidelity models of sensors, environments, weapon systems, threats, and Battle Management Command, Control and Communication (BM/C3) systems. The capabilities of the EADTB are being incrementally developed and accredited with the Services. EADSIM is a low to medium detail simulation system that operates on a stand-alone workstation. This simulation is used for architectural analysis of EAD systems and provides user interface for scenario preparation and model description.

(U) M&S activities also funded by this project include: development, enhancement, and maintenance of the theater test beds and conduct of wargames that provide the analysis, integration, demonstration, and performance verification for TMD systems. It ensures joint usage of simulation tool resources, supports allied and friendly international participation and cooperation in wargaming exercises. This project focuses M&S support in five primary areas: standardization, assessments, development/modification, computer architectures/networks, and program management for BMDO and Service M&S programs.

User Impact (U):

(U) To be supplied.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Programmed.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U): None.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
Ground-Based Missile DefenseGround Based Missile Defense
JTMDEJoint TMD Program Efforts
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Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

RDT&E Budget Items Project 3352
This Table Is Unclassified.

Lead Office (U):


Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 21 November 1997

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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