Challenge: The Joint Chiefs of Staff was investigating building a new model of theater level warfare. Under the new guidelines for modeling and simulation, independent verification and validation (IV&V) is required during the design process. At the time, the model was in the conceptual design phase, which presented a two- fold problem: finding an independent organization that was qualified to perform the IV&V and the actual performance, because such IV&V had never before been performed at the conceptual design phase.
Figure 1. Evaluating Courses of Action in the FTLM
Accomplishment: DSRD solved both problems for the sponsor. First, DSRD defined what should be meant by IV&V of a model in the conceptual design phase. This included comparison with other models, algorithmically, functionally, and in terms of potential lessons to be learned. Second, DSRD performed the IV&V, delivering criticisms, suggestions for improvement, and an assessment of the degree to which the model satisfied the Mission Needs Statement and its validity. DSRD recommended continued development of the model. The model is now undergoing intensive research at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Figure 2: Project Schedule
Technologies Employed: This project represents one of the limited number of IV&V activities ever performed on a large scale combat model. It also represents the defining project for IV&V of a combat model in the conceptual design phase and is a standard for future projects in this arena.
Background: The sponsor was J-8, the part of The Joint Staff tasked with analytic tasks at the joint level for the U.S. There is growing agreement in the modeling and simulation community that verification and validation (V&V) is valuable, necessary and worth funding. The report describing this project provides a benchmark for future V&V activities.
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