Combat simulation modeling in Naval Special Warfare mission planning
Hakala, Jeffrey W.
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This thesis explores the potential role of combat simulation modeling in the Naval Special Warfare mission planning cycle. It discusses methods for bridging the gap between the simulation and mission planning processes, addressing strengths and weaknesses as well as employment considerations. This thesis describes the processes involved in modeling and simulation and discusses how the stochastic nature of simulation is particularly relevant to combat. Deliberate, Time-sensitive, and Dynamic mission planning are described and the commonality of tactical planning in each instance is established. Based on this framework, a notional SEAL scenario is used to illustrate the role of simulation in each type of mission planning, focusing primarily at the tactical level. The thesis concludes by discussing additional applications of combat simulation modeling within the Naval Special Warfare community and makes recommendations for its effective and efficient implementation.
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