OneSAF/WARSIM/SVDR Global Terrain Generation
Stevens, Clark D.
Neushul, James D.
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OneSAF Objective System (OOS) is the army’s next generation model for brigade and below training, research, development and acquisition and for analysis and has been selected as the embedded training driver for Future Combat System (FCS) to include support for the terrain representations. There are two extreme views of procurement strategies OneSAF could employ to field a terrain database generation capability for the broad range of capabilities OOS must supplant. OneSAF could organically develop a "custom" solution or else could look to the broader range of military systems to participate in developing a more generic solution. The custom solution is expensive (beyond OneSAF means) and generally locks the system into tools and investments very hard to back away from. There tends to be a reluctance by other systems to utilize custom solutions developed for specific systems, so the developer is generally locked into a role as sole provider for high life cycle maintenance costs. Custom solutions tend to become “stove-pipe” solutions. The cooperative development approach is risky for programs with hard requirements due to the dependency on external agencies. The Army Modeling and Simulation Office (AMSO) has formed the Environmental Database (EDB) IPT with the purpose of defining and implementing this community standard solution. This IPT has been the driving force behind the realization of the Common Data Modeling Framework (CDMF) and several Science and Technology Objectives (STO) also hold promise though funding is scarce and unreliable. The OOS technical approach for Environmental Database Generation (EDGE) for terrain lies between the extremes. The technical architecture described in this paper defines the key components to initially provide an organic OOS capability that is somewhat customized. The “stove-pipe” effect is mitigated by integration agreements for common terrain representation between OneSAF, WARSIM, Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT), Combat XXI and other systems that will benefit. In parallel with the development of the organic EDGE system being defined, OneSAF continues to cooperate with the EDB IPT and RDEC to ensure that OOS can leverage incremental advances by these organizations and embrace the community standard solution if it materializes.
Spring 2003 Simulation Interoperability Workshop, Paper Number 89 & Presentation.Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) SIW Conference Paper
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