The U.S. Army Modeling and Simulation Office

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What is it?

The Army Modeling and Simulation Office (AMSO) is the Army’s Enterprise-level organization for modeling and simulation (M&S) policy, coordination, and workforce management. A directorate under the Center for Army Analysis, AMSO operates to enable the Army to effectively and efficiently employ M&S personnel, capabilities, and tools within and across all Army organizations, in support of both the Operating and Generating Forces.

What has the Army done?

M&S is used throughout the Army and other Joint Forces. Intelligence and Acquisition scenarios, cyber and medical applications, testing and evaluation, training and education, are all fields that have been influenced and improved by M&S. AMSO partners with academia to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. They also perform cooperative research and development agreements, participate in allies’ modeling and simulation events, and leverage partnering opportunities with both government and industry.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army Modeling and Simulation School (AMSS), part of AMSO, provides targeted education, training, qualification, and certification to ensure the Army M&S workforce both Functional Area 57 (military) and Career Program 36 (civilian) is well trained in the use and application of the Army’s analysis, modeling, and simulation capabilities.

A multitude of virtual training exists for Soldiers that saves both time and resources. Finite funding has placed a greater emphasis on simulation, virtual environments, and shared platforms for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in helping prepare Soldiers for the next war. Simulations enhance real-world training, covering areas outside the envelope and safety of real world systems. Simulations are routinely being used to train our future warfighters, and to leverage these tools properly the Army needs a trained and educated M&S workforce.

Why is this important to the Army?

Every Soldier who deploys goes through some type of M&S training to acquire critical warfighting skills. Simulations help the Soldiers hone their skills, gain familiarity with an environment, rehearse their missions, and finally return safely to their families when their missions are complete. Simulations play an enormous role in attaining these skills and bringing our Soldiers home. AMSO strives to get the most from the M&S enterprise to ensure the Army remains ready as the world’s premier combat force.

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