REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In a Joint Army/Missile Defense Agency effort, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Extended Air Defense Simulation, or EADSIM, program provided training to key engineers and analysts at MDA June 25-27.

EADSIM is managed by the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Future Warfare Center Decision Support Directorate Models and Simulations Division as the executive agent for the Missile Defense Agency. More than 300 customers in the Department of Defense and 17 international customers use EADSIM for experiments, exercises, test, analysis and operational planning.

The training session included an overview of EADSIM capabilities and limitations, a briefing on EADSIM version 17.5 capabilities expected to be released in the fall, and discussion on other work in progress. The team provided a demonstration to highlight capabilities of EADSIM to conduct analysis on Integrated Air and Missile Defense issues. A demonstration was also conducted to focus on EADSIM capabilities to support exercises and training where an operator in the loop interacts with EADSIM real time. This capability is often used to enable evaluation of ballistic missile defense tactics, techniques, and procedures, and concepts of operation.

"The level of resolution that the EADSIM development team has incorporated into many of their element representations is quite impressive," said Adam Sand from Aviation Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Command and a user at the training. "The sensor model upgrades that were made are especially noteworthy, and I look forward to seeing how they perform compared to some of the standalone performance assessment-focused sensor models."

Multiple MDA attendees presented desired capabilities for EADSIM to support emerging training, exercise and analysis requirements.

William Jordan, the EADSIM program manager, noted, "The workshop was a great opportunity to get a diverse and disparate MDA user community together to discuss new capabilities and requirements for EADSIM."

The EADSIM program traces back to almost 25 years ago as a requirement to support Joint Tactical Missile Defense Special Task Force analyses. EADSIM gained DoD-wide attention after the success of Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency attrition assessments in the air campaign of Desert Storm while they were assigned to coalition headquarters at Riyadh Air Base, Saudi Arabia. The EADSIM team continues to support modeling in the areas of air and missile defense; electronic warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; attack operations; and support operations that shape current and future decisions.