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Title: Certification of U' S' Army Simulations Interfaces with C4I Systems


1
Certification of U. S. Army Simulations Interfaces
with C4I Systems
2
DURING A BATTLE STAFF TRAINING EVENT USING THE
DIGITAL BATTLESTAFF SUSTAINMENT TRAINER (DBST),
THE SIM/STIM COMMUNITY WAS SINGLED OUT AS
FIGURATIVELY BRINGING ABCS TO ITS KNEES.
FROM THIS EXPERIENCE CAME A CLEAR NEED TO NOT
ONLY CERTIFY SIM/STIMS ABILITY TO INTERFACE WITH
ABCS, BUT TO ALSO MEASURE, AND IF NEEDED,
REGULATE ITS RATE AND LOAD OF STIMULATION.
3
PURPOSE
  • DEFINE INTRA-ARMY INTEROPERABILITY TESTING
    (CERTIFICATION)
  • REVIEW LESSONS FROM THE FIRST SIMULATION/STIMULATI
    ON CERTIFICATION EVENT

4
AGENDA
  • DEFINE CERTIFICATION
  • EVENT PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
  • DESCRIPTION OF EVENT
  • EVENT KEY PLAYERS
  • EXECUTION CHALLENGES
  • LESSONS LEARNED
  • NEXT STEP
  • FUTURE
  • CONCLUSIONS

5
Intra-Army Interoperability Testing
(Certification)
  • Intra-Army Interoperability TestingCertification
  • Interoperability with ABCS versions
  • Confirmation that an Army C4I system and
    appropriate interfaces have undergone appropriate
    conformance to standards testing and
    interoperability testing.
  • The specified entity is judged eligible to
    participate in intra-Army tests, demonstrations,
    exercises, experiments, and operational events.
  • HQDA Directed PEOC3S (CTSF) Executed

6
Intra-Army Interoperability Testing
(Certification) cont.
  • SIMCI Interest
  • Validation of the SIMCI technical vision
  • Evaluation of funded initiatives
  • Not VVA
  • No end to end requirement
  • Focus on interface, not simulation
  • Is a component of V V A

7
Event Planning Considerations
  • Simulation interfaces often do not have detailed
    standards of performance
  • Multiple cases and conditions per interface
  • Primary and secondary simulations
  • Injection points
  • ABCS and exercise architecture
  • ABCS development cycle
  • Unique Force XXI environment
  • --------------------------------------------------
    ------------------
  • These considerations drive certification to
    message verification level

8
DECEMBER 00 Certification Event
  • DBST Suite
  • Use
  • Components

9
Event Plan
  • Phase 1 (Two weeks)
  • Interface test
  • Individual Messages x3
  • USMTF/JVMF/BFA unique
  • Scripted
  • Manual data collection
  • One BFA at a time
  • Phase 2 (One week)
  • System of System (SoS) test
  • Multiple Messages size/frequency adjusted
  • Simulation/script driven
  • Automated data collection
  • All BFAs simultaneously

Focus Message Validation
Focus Stress ABCS
10
Event Players
  • PEOC3S, STRICOM, NSC
  • Limited representation from each community
  • Mixture of government and support contractors
  • Limited observation by others with interest
  • Operational Test Command
  • Simulation developers

11
Execution Challenges
  • Educating of testers and operators
  • Technical Integration with ABCS
  • Focusing Certification
  • Individual interfaces vice SoS
  • Generic vice event specific
  • ABCS versus BFA
  • Data collection
  • Message verification
  • Source/LAN/target collection means
  • USMTF/JVMF/unique message formats

12
Lessons Learned
  • Detailed entrance/exit criteria a necessity
  • Clarifies what is being certified and to what
    standard
  • Defines when you are ready to begin
  • Defines when an event is complete
  • Interface certification and SoS load testing
    should be separate
  • C4I certification goes beyond ABCS certification
  • BFA stovepipes (Fire support, Air tracks, TBM, …)
  • JSTARS, TAUV, …
  • Prior and continual Integration critical
  • Spiral Development a greater challenge than
    expected
  • Message formats
  • Databases
  • New functionality

13
Next Step
  • RTM/EPIU
  • 9-20 July 2001
  • Message certification and stress testing
  • TACSIM T4
  • 30 Jul-3 Aug
  • Challenges with security
  • Incorporating lessons learned

14
Future
Focus Evaluate C4I to Joint Common Data Base
(JCDB) data replication
  • ETSIU
  • Eagle
  • RTM
  • CLOSE COMBAT TACTICAL TRAINER XXI
  • WARSIM-In preparation for formal fielding to the
    Army

15
Conclusions
  • Interdependency between MS and ABCS
  • Integration testing ABCS Development
  • Operational Testing
  • Individual and Staff Training
  • Co-location of ABCS and Simulation Developers
  • Only way to maintain relevance
  • Cause and effect not always apparent
  • Relationship of certification and VVA
  • Each are currently independent
  • Neither by itself is sufficient

16
Definitions/Descriptions
  • SIMCI OIPT Simulation to Command, Control,
    Communications, Computers and Intelligence
    Interoperability (SIMCI) Overarching Integrated
    Product Team (OIPT)
  • ABCS Army Battle Command System
  • DII COE Defense Information Infrastructure
    Common Operating Environment
  • CTSF Central Technical Support Facility
  • USMTF United States Message Text Format
  • JVMF Joint Variable Message Format
  • VVA Verification, Validation Accreditation
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