Performance testing for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Tactical Warfare Simulation
Sawyers, William Alan.
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The Marine Air Ground Task Force( MAGTF) Tactical Warfare Simulation (MTWS) is a computer-assisted wargame being developed to provide a cost effective, yet realistic, training environment for Marine commanders and their staffs. A Developmental Test, conducted in November 1994, highlighted the need to improve the overall performance of the system. However, performance testing methods, which were used to evaluate the timeliness of events and the responsiveness of the simulation processes, were relatively new and unproven. A more thorough analysis of MTWS Developmental Test data and performance testing techniques should provide valuable insight for suggesting improvements. With this purpose in mind, this thesis conducts a detailed analysis of the MTWS Developmental Test to assess the statistical significance of the test results, recommend improved performance measures, establish a quantifiable baseline for evaluating future MTWS configurations, and recommend enhanced testing procedures for assessing performance. Since performance testing will continue throughout the system's life cycle, it is hoped that many of these suggestions and techniques will be adopted in subsequent tests. Much of this insight may apply not only to MTWS, but to other wargaming systems as well. Broad issues relating to system performance are discussed in terms of the specification, design, and testing of computer-based warfare simulations.
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