Graphical CONOPS Prototype to Demonstrate Emerging Methods, Processes, and Tools at ARDEC
Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation
This research has pursued a “proof of concept” prototype, named the CONOPS
Navigator. The Navigator is intended to provide a 3D virtual guide through the
development of a CONOPS, and also to integrate various tools and applications
currently in use. This integration is a widely-sought capability, one which will enable
current CONOPS developers and users the flexibility to import and export analysis
parameters and results to and from various familiar and well-used tools. Legacy
systems are a fact of life in operational concerns; this prototype is intended to
demonstrate interconnectivity on a limited scale between specific simulation and
mathematical modeling software packages, via a main operational environment. This
environment was built using a game development environment.
Although originally conceived as a standalone research task, the potential synergies
from merging RT 31 with RT 23, and then combining development architecture and
strategies with RT 30, became apparent once development had begun. Some alreadydeveloped
external interfaces were seen as adjuncts to the activities performed in RT 30
and these interfaces would certainly be useful in the future. By far, the greater synergies
in the development effort were in architecture and operational issues – such issues are
transparent to the user but vital to successful delivery. Further exploration would be
toward an integrated data-set and application.
The research includes approaches to implementing, managing, and addressing data
impedance challenges between applications including Excel, @Risk, and MATLAB.
OneSAF was investigated, and the determination is that further training in OneSAF
operation is required in order to interface successfully with this tool.