Eliciting Modelling and Simulation Capability Requirements – A Naval Case Study


  1. Hazen, M.
  2. Beech, T.
  3. Hassaine, F.
  4. Grant, S.C.
  5. Harrison, N.
  6. McTaggart, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
Modelling and simulation (M&S) are enabling technologies that are used by military organizations for a wide variety of purposes. New opportunities, as well as challenges, for the use of this enabling technology arise from advances in M&S and changes in military problems. Understanding this changing landscape is an important element in planning investments in M&S resources. The aim of this paper is to report on a requirements engineering approach implemented to align M&S technology investments within Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) with the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) expected requirements. A requirements-engineering approach was employed, concentrating on the elicitation and modelling of expected future requirements and current capabilities. Two separate elicitation exercises were undertaken to address these linked information sets; RCN requirements elicitation was accomplished using stakeholder workshops and model-driven surveys, while DRDC capability elicitation was done directly with the technical community. The resulting RCN requirements were modelled in terms of nine high-level Navy capability areas. For the DRDC M&S capability inventory, a taxonomy of M&S capabilities was created, and integrated with simulation performance and expertise measures. From this undertaking, observations are offered to the M&S Policy, Standards, Management, and Acquisition community regarding effective means of engaging with the breadth of M&S stakeholders in a medium-sized navy, the effectiv
Capability Management;Capability requirments;Modelling and Simulation
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-P126 — External Literature
Date of publication
14 Dec 2016
Number of Pages
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