By Mr. Paul Boyce (FORSCOM)December 10, 2008
The Department of the Army announced Dec. 5 that 14 winners have been selected for the annual Department of the Army Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Awards. The winners for each category are:
Title of Winning Nomination: "Vehicle Propulsion System Evaluation Tool"
Submitted By: RDECOM-TARDEC The Vehicle Propulsion System Evaluation Tool (VPSET) was developed as a Government owned software tool to streamline Modeling and Simulation (M&S) based acquisition of ground vehicles by the Army and Marine Corps.
Title of Winning Nomination: "Future Combat Systems (BCT) Communication Effects Server (CES)"
Submitted By: Future Combat Systems (Brigade Combat Team) Modeling & Simulation Office - The FCS One Team Partners (the Army and the Boeing Corporation) began development of a model to simulate the FCS communications network. The goal of the effort is to create a model that would accurately represent the new JTRS radio (at the engineering waveform level) and would predict message delivery and network latencies running real-time with explicit representation of all radios in a FCS (BCT) (some 10,000+ nodes) operational environment. The CES model is currently being used to serve as a communications simulation/stimulation environment for testing and analyzing both FCS vehicles and the newly developed network management software.
Acquisition and Analysis (Individual)
Title of Winning Nomination: "Stryker Fleet Sustainment Analysis" LTC James W. Ware
Submitted By: Center for Army Analysis- LTC Ware met with the current Stryker vehicle experts to determine how each variant flowed from one process to another and the time taken for repair and transport. He then developed a list of important factors for the systematic flow of Stryker vehicles and developed metrics and standard data sources for these factors. LTC Ware developed a discrete event simulation called the Stryker Flow Model that combines these metrics and data to forecast the condition and location of every Stryker in the U.S. Army inventory for the next ten years.
Title of Winning Nomination: "Fusion Oriented C4ISR Utility Simulation (FOCUS)"
Submitted By: RDECOM U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity- FOCUS simulates C4ISR processes, including sensor performance, tasking and collection the exploitation and processing of data from all sources, fusion of this information into tracks, and the communication of current predicted tracks to a visual simulation of the Common Operating Picture in a three-dimensional battle-space. FOCUS is designed for the analyst with user/algorithm efficiency at the forefront with an analysis package incorporated into the model. FOCUS simulation output data can be easily extracted to other applications to facilitate further analysis.
Title of Winning Nomination: "Duty Cycle Experiments (DCE)" Submitted By: US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command-Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM-TARDEC)- The Team designed and built a human-in-the-loop motion-based simulation experiment for the purpose of measuring the duty cycle of a notional Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in a relevant military operation. The crew's vehicle usage, the instantaneous power consumption and production, and all external events affecting the vehicle were monitored and recorded. The aggregated records became the duty cycle that this experiment was intended to measure. As the Army continues to move in the direction of hybrid-electric solutions for vehicle systems, it is extremely important that we have a scientific modeling and simulation process that enables us to design and evaluate these potential solutions.
Title of Winning Nomination: "Current Performance of Gunner's and Robotics Operator's Tasks in a Simulated Mounted Environment and Effects of Cueing and Individual Differences" Dr. Jessie Y. C. Chen Submitted By: RDECOM U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Human Research and Engineering Directorate- Dr. Chen used a OneSAF simulation environment to capture the multitasking requirements for these future systems including communication and gunner tasks that required threat monitoring 360A,Ao around a moving mounted vehicle. The robotic tasks were instantiated by integrating RSAF software simulating robotic missions into the overall mission package.
Title of Winning Nomination: "Distribution Management Cognitive Trainer (DMCT)"
Submitted By: RDECOM Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC)- The DMCT prototype is being used today to train US Army logistical planners on how to exploit the capabilities of the Battle Command Sustainment Support System (BCS3), exploit the capabilities of additional logistics information management systems, and for training key logistics staff personnel on the principles of Distribution Management (DM), in order to improve the analysis, mission planning, and decision making skills of tomorrow's logistical planners
Title of Winning Nomination: "Bi-lateral Negotiation (BiLAT) Simulation"
Submitted By: RDECOM Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC)-The BiLAT is used today to train Soldiers on how to plan for and conduct successful bi-lateral meetings and negotiations in different cultural settings. The tool was initially employed to support training for future brigade and battalion commanders attending the US Army School for Command Preparation (SCP) at Ft. Leavenworth, KS.
Title of Winning Nomination: "Battle Command Training Center (BCTC) Fort Sam Houston", Joel V.
Williams Submitted By: Office of the Dean, Academy of Health Sciences, Army Medical Department
Center & School Submitted By: RDECOM-TARDEC- Mr Williams serves as the supervisor and manager of the Fort Sam Houston (AMEDDC&S) Battle Command Training Center (BCTC) and the principal training developer for Constructive simulations /stimulations for MEDCOM /ARNORTH and ARSOUTH. The BCTC serves as the developmental and distribution hub for digital battle simulation/stimulation familiarization training to Institutional Programs of Instruction (POIs). Reserve Component (RC) and National Guard (NG) operational units within its area of operations.
Testing and Evaluation (Individual)
Title of Winning Nomination: "Testing and Evaluation of Fowlpox as a Non-pathogenic Simulant for Smallpox" Amanda E. Chambers Submitted By: RDECOM-Ms. Chambers conducted kinetic studies to measure the reaction rates of vaccinia and fowlpox with the decontaminants, determine half-life values, and calculate the delta H (change in enthalpy) and delta S (change in entropy) values associated with these reactions. The results of these studies were published in September of 2008 as ECBC-TR-639 "Fowlpox as Decontamination Simulant for Variola Major"
Test and Evaluation
Title of Winning Nomination: " Facial and Ocular Countermeasures Safety (FOCUS) Headform Development Team Submitted By: MRMC, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory- The Facial and Ocular Countermeasures Safety (FOCUS) headform was developed to provide Army materiel developers the ability to assess the protection provided by newly-developed facial and ocular protection devices without the need for cadaver testing, streamlining the decision-making
process for fielding improved protective equipment to the Warfighter.
Plans and Operations
Title of Winning Nomination: "United States Army Graduate Program Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) Simulation Program" Submitted By: US Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas - In 2005 USAGPAN aggressively developed Plans and Operations to initiate and implement a formal simulation program. This formal simulation plan trains the students to assess, analyze, test and evaluate different approaches for safe anesthesia performance. Also, the USAGPAN has experimented to determine the effectiveness of using simulation as a teaching strategy. The findings of these studies strongly suggest that using a Human Patient Simulator (HPS) increases higher level cognition, critical thinking, and the ability to perform.
Title of Winning Nomination: "Extensible Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence Suite Fire Support Application (ExCIS FSA)" Submitted By: Fire Support Test Directorate, Operational Test Command, Fort Sill, OK- ExCIS FSA provided three key benefits in 2008, reduced the number of soldiers, systems and command posts required for test and training events. Provided realistic and robust testing of mission-critical systems, and supported systems developers with early problem identification.
The annual awards recognize achievement in support of the Vice Chief of Staff Army's overarching M&S strategy that articulates an aggressive Army vision "to routinely employ modeling and simulations that support decision-making, course of action development, mission planning, rehearsal, and operations" by 2016.
The awards were presented to winners at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, FL.