Guide to Modelling and Simulation for NATO Network-Enabled Capability

Guide de la modélisation et de la simulation pour l’OTAN Opérations facilitées par réseaux


  1. Vallerand, A.L.
  2. McFarlane, D.
  3. T. Moon et al.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Research and Technology Organization, Neuilly-sur-Seine (France) Modelling and Simulation Group
A fundamental objective of NATO and one of the highest priorities of the NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is to take full advantage of Network-Enabled Capabilities (NEC) to build a robust, globally interconnected network environment for data sharing. Achieving this objective for NATO and its member nations will involve three assumptions: 1) Armed Forces will work in new ways; 2) Governments need to adopt new approaches; 3) Industry and Academia, along with Governments, need to think innovatively about concept, design, acquisition, use, and management of systems that support Military capabilities and Defence Against Terrorism (DAT) capabilities. This Guide discusses how modelling and simulation (M&S) can be applied to NEC, including Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E), Acquisition, Training, Exercises, and Operations, to enhance military effectiveness and transformation, and prepare for the security challenges of the future. A model is typically understood as a physical, mathematical, or otherwise logical representation of a system, entity, phenomenon, or process that has been designed for a specific purpose. Simulation manipulates this model to represent the expected behaviour of an individual agent or an entire system over time. The Guide structures “Best Practices” of M&S around “Key Principles” in each chapter, provides real world Case Studies, and offers evidence-based advice to achieve the following objectives: 1)Ensure that allied

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Modelling;Simulation;Network enabled capability;Defence against terrorism;case studies;NEC
Report Number
RTO-TR-MSG-062 — Technical Report
Date of publication
11 Dec 2009
Number of Pages
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