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3CE Modeling & Simulation Environment Reuse for Test and Evaluation

In March 2003, the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research (DUSA(OR)) tasked the Program Manager (PM) Future Combat System (FCS) Modeling and Simulation Management Office (MSMO) to ensure compatibility among the respective M&S capabilities of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), US Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), and the FCS Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) to support development and acquisition of the FCS Brigade Combat Team (BCT) System-of-Systems (SoS). The engine for this challenge is the Cross Command Collaboration Effort (3CE).

The purpose of 3CE is to develop a modeling & simulation and data collaboration environment for design, development, integration, and testing of capabilities, systems, and prototypes. 3CE integrates and provides a common environment that is documented in the 3CE Knowledge Repository (KR). The 3CE environment is intended to satisfy the common requirements of all participants conducting test and evaluation.

In FY09, PM FCS BCT is testing Spin Out (SO) capabilities for the Early-Infantry Brigade Combat Team (E-IBCT) to ensure that IBCTs receive these SO capabilities as soon as possible after a series of rigorous test and evaluation activities. The Data Collection, Analysis, Instrumentation, and Simulation (DCAI&S) Working Group (WG), lead by 3CE, is responsible for identifying requirements and integrating DCAI&S solutions to support the FY09 testing events: Technical Field Tests (TFT), Force Development Testing & Evaluation (FDT&E), and Limited User Test (LUT). In order to prepare the test environment, a series of events were conducted to integrate the DCAI&S solutions and capabilities prior to hand-off to the test officer for execution.

Through a series of iterative Integration Events (IE), 3CE reused the FY08 SO-1 M&S federation and integrated new capabilities to satisfy FY09 requirements for a DCAI&S environment supported by a common, reusable M&S environment. This paper focuses on the development and implementation of the common M&S environment developed to support a variety of FY09 SO E-IBCT test and evaluation events, and discusses how this nests within the overall DCAI&S concept, and can assist in supporting future training, testing, and experimentation activities across the FCS Program.

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