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An integrated development environment for PMESII model authoring, integration, validation, and debugging
Author(s): Nicholas J. Pioch; Corey Lofdahl; Michael Sao Pedro; Basil Krikeles; Liam Morley
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Paper Abstract

To foster shared battlespace awareness in Air Operations Centers supporting the Joint Forces Commander and Joint Force Air Component Commander, BAE Systems is developing a Commander's Model Integration and Simulation Toolkit (CMIST), an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for model authoring, integration, validation, and debugging. CMIST is built on the versatile Eclipse framework, a widely used open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks that enable development of tools for building, deploying, and managing software. CMIST provides two distinct layers: 1) a Commander's IDE for supporting staff to author models spanning the Political, Military, Economic, Social, Infrastructure, Information (PMESII) taxonomy; integrate multiple native (third-party) models; validate model interfaces and outputs; and debug the integrated models via intuitive controls and time series visualization, and 2) a PMESII IDE for modeling and simulation developers to rapidly incorporate new native simulation tools and models to make them available for use in the Commander's IDE. The PMESII IDE provides shared ontologies and repositories for world state, modeling concepts, and native tool characterization. CMIST includes extensible libraries for 1) reusable data transforms for semantic alignment of native data with the shared ontology, and 2) interaction patterns to synchronize multiple native simulations with disparate modeling paradigms, such as continuous-time system dynamics, agent-based discrete event simulation, and aggregate solution methods such as Monte Carlo sampling over dynamic Bayesian networks. This paper describes the CMIST system architecture, our technical approach to addressing these semantic alignment and synchronization problems, and initial results from integrating Political-Military-Economic models of post-war Iraq spanning multiple modeling paradigms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6564, Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations II, 65640Z (10 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719653
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas J. Pioch, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies (United States)
Corey Lofdahl, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies (United States)
Michael Sao Pedro, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies (United States)
Basil Krikeles, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies (United States)
Liam Morley, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6564:
Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations II
Kevin Schum; Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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