Technical Report: Graphical CONOPS Prototype to Demonstrate Emerging Methods, Processes, and Tools at ARDEC

Report Number: Final Technical Report SERC-2012-TR-031-2

Report Name: Graphical CONOPS Prototype to Demonstrate Emerging Methods, Processes, and Tools at ARDEC

This research has pursued a “proof of concept” prototype, named the CONOPS Navigator. The Navigator is intended to provide a 3D virtual guide through the development of a CONOPS, and also to integrate various tools and applications currently in use. This integration is a widely-sought capability, one which will enable current CONOPS developers and users the flexibility to import and export analysis parameters and results to and from various familiar and well-used tools. Legacy systems are a fact of life in operational concerns; this prototype is intended to demonstrate interconnectivity on a limited scale between specific simulation and mathematical modeling software packages, via a main operational environment. This environment was built using a game development environment.

Although originally conceived as a standalone research task, the potential synergies from merging RT 31 with RT 23, and then combining development architecture and strategies with RT 30, became apparent once development had begun. Some already-developed external interfaces were seen as adjuncts to the activities performed in RT 30 and these interfaces would certainly be useful in the future. By far, the greater synergies in the development effort were in architecture and operational issues – such issues are transparent to the user but vital to successful delivery. Further exploration would be toward an integrated data-set and application.

The research includes approaches to implementing, managing, and addressing data impedance challenges between applications including Excel, @Risk, and MATLAB. OneSAF was investigated, and the determination is that further training in OneSAF operation is required in order to interface successfully with this tool.

Publication Date: July 17, 2013