Managed Readiness Simulator (MARS) V2 – The Graphical Simulation Output System


  1. Okazawa, S.
  2. Ormrod, M.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Managed Readiness Simulator (MARS) is a versatile program that allows the user to quickly simulate a wide range of Canadian Forces readiness scenarios to determine if the Resources of an Establishment are able to satisfy the requirements of a set of operational Tasks. The first version of MARS (V1) demonstrated the managed readiness modelling concept and was successfully applied to a preliminary analysis of the Army’s plans to generate the forces for Task Force Afghanistan. A Graphical User Interface (GUI), developed under software development contracts, integrated scenario setup, execution and output analysis tools into a single package written in Visual Basic. Following a recent major redesign, MARS V2 now incorporates an advanced software architecture that integrates database technology into simulation execution and a more flexible managed readiness model that includes support for Establishment dynamics. MARS V2 also implemented a new system for generating graphical simulation output. In practice, the need to customize existing outputs or create new outputs occurs frequently, and the expected turn-around time for these changes is short. The new MARS V2 output system allows the analyst to quickly mock up new simulation outputs using standard tools (MS Access and Excel) and then to automate the generation of those outputs so that they can be included in the standard set of outputs available in the MARS application. This paper documents the implementation of the new MAR

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managed readiness simulator;MARS;MARS V2;simulation;readiness;arena;access;excel;discrete event simulation;analysis;output
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2012-038 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 2012
Number of Pages
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