Researchers will work with the Systems Engineering and Design effort, coordinate with NPS’s current classified modeling researchers and administrators, and obtain needs from major stake-holders to create a national Maritime Domain Protection Modeling and Gaming Laboratory. The desired classified lab would be capable of multiple security play, be distributed-capable, able to replicate real-world intelligence and operational communications, be interactive, and retain major decision lessons learned. Its purpose would be to provide a “test bed” for federal, state, and local governments to test their MDP concept of operations.
Recent events have highlighted the importance of the development of Maritime Domain Protection and Homeland Security. Essential components of this development include the evolution of new doctrine, capabilities, and policies. Each of these components requires analysis and research in order to understand the second and third order effects, as well as the discovery of best practices to accelerate successful implementation of the same. This laboratory will have multiple stations which will be networked. The lab will be able to assimilate data feeds from multiple sources and will be able to handle all levels of classification.
This laboratory will give leaders and researchers a “test bed” for the evaluation and development of Maritime Domain Protection CONOPS and will be a dual use facility. This research project will:
- Determine what the requirements are and identify and resolve competing interests,
- Coordinate with staff at NPS to attempt to seamlessly integrate this effort into other research efforts without disrupting ongoing activities,
- Capitalize and build off of research and funding already underway so as to add complimentary capabilities,
- Determine requirements necessary to provide linkage between actual and virtual forces through the use of GCCS and simulation models such as Joint Semi-Autonomous Forces (JSAF) and Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS),
- Determine requirements necessary to provide analytical support based off of data collected,
- Determine requirements necessary to capture lessons learned,
- Specify hardware and software components required to provide necessary capabilities,
- Specify labor costs associated with development of capabilities associated with software/hardware implementation.
NPS Team Member
LTC Saverio Manago, USA
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