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12 20 2016

Simulation and computer-assisted exercises

Computer-assisted exercises (CAX) have become an indispensable part of the regular NATO training and operation exercises. They are cost-efficient and a highly effective means of reducing risk and facilitating multinational participation from different locations. From the Simulation Tools to the stimulation of the Command and Control Systems, the NCI Agency has the capability and knowledge to ensure they can fully encompass activities supporting CAX amongst other well-established exercise criteria.

Simulation is an interactive tool used (among others) to model Joint Air, Land and Maritime environment and behaviour. It consists of several component programs, which are closely related and integrated into a system allowing CAX Teams to create the required scenario databases, simulate aggregate unit behaviour, and report the results given. The process is designed to allow Training Audience decision-makers to develop plans and Fragmentation Orders, which can then be converted by a response cell into game directives. Simulation results are then sent from the model back to the response cells and for some elements directly to the Training Audience over their Command and Control Systems.

Trident Juncture 16 driven by Simulation

During exercise Trident Juncture 2016, the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway, was the primary enabler for computer-assisted exercises. The JWC was supported by the NCI Agency which provided Simulation Tools and the Command and Control Systems stimulation. The Agency's CSU Stavanger and the Education and Training Service Line both made significant steps in developing the way the NCI Agency provides support to the JWC on these CAX capabilities during this flagship NATO exercise.

Trident Juncture 2016 involved many Nations with individuals from varied backgrounds. Its success demonstrated the determination and drive of all personnel involved, including that of the Joint Warfare Centre, the Agency's CSU in Stavanger and the Education and Training Service Line staff who collaboration to ensure the provision of a simulation environment.

Command and Control Systems Stimulation

The Simulation System has multiple interfacing options to stimulate the Command and Control Systems automatically. Link-16 messages to Networked Interoperable Real-time Information Services servers can be used to disseminate a Recognised Picture and feed the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tool known as Link 16 Intelligent Decision Tool (LSID). Over-the-Horizon Targeting-Gold messages to Maritime Command and Control Information System servers can be used to propagate Maritime tracks.

Simulation and computer-assisted exercises