The department of defense air and space natural environment modeling and simulation executive agent: supporting a framework to ensure authoritative representation of environmental data for modeling and simulation systems



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THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AIR AND SPACE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT MODELING AND SIMULATION EXECUTIVE AGENT: SUPPORTING A FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE AUTHORITATIVE REPRESENTATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL DATA FOR MODELING AND SIMULATION SYSTEMS

Mike Hunsucker

Dynamics Research Corporation

Office of the Air and Space Natural Environment

Modeling and Simulation Executive Agent

151 Patton Avenue, Room 355

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 271-4236

Fax (828) 271-4324

E-mail: mike.hunsucker@afccc.af.mil



The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics created the Air and Space Natural Environment (ASNE) Modeling and Simulation Executive Agent (MSEA), and the Ocean and Terrain Executive Agents. Their task is to help bridge the gap between the providers of natural environmental data and the Department of Defense (DoD) modeling and simulation (M&S) community. The Air Force Director of Weather is designated the Air and Space Natural Environment Executive Agent. As environmental subject matter experts, the ASNE MSEA mission is to ensure the consistency of the natural environment in DoD modeling and simulation. The ASNE MSEA office is developing an air and space environmental infrastructure to support DoD M&S programs.

This presentation emphasizes the office’s Joint role that ensures an authoritative representation of the natural environment is available to simulation programs. Historically, there was very little weather-play in simulations, and it was too expensive or too hard to retrofit legacy M&S systems with a weather-play capability. This is changing; the new DoD M&S programs will be interactive with the air, space, oceans, and terrain natural environment and take into account the effects of the natural environment on simulation objects. The ASNE MSEA together with the Ocean and Terrain MSEAs have a number of projects in progress to ensure that the natural environment data provider community has the wherewithal to support these simulation programs. Of particular interest is the Weather Effects for the Warfighter (WxFX) project. This decision aid manipulates up to 10 years of historical data and depicts “climatological” effects on various weapon systems. Although still in development, WxFX was used to support customers in Afghanistan and other worldwide locations.


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