The NATO Modelling and Simulation Group of NATO's Science and Technology Organisation has held this year's Fall Business Meeting from 16-18 October 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. For the 40th time now, the semi-annual event brought together MSG Members, Associate Members and invited guests from NATO Member and Partner Nations.

Right at the start of the meeting, Alan R. Shaffer, director Collaboration Support Office, thanked the participants for helping reshaping, refining and improving the Collaborative Program of Work (CPoW) - CPoW is a network which involves roughly 5,000 scientists, engineers, and analysts across NATO. However, Shaffer is concerned about the demographic age structure of the network. Still 42% are over 50 years old; 16% over 60 and only 11% under 40. To rejuvenate the team, the STO has launched an initiative to award junior researchers.

During the business meeting, the plenary endorsed the following new activities:

  • Evolution of NATO Standards for Federated Simulation (MSG-163): The objective of this activity is to further evolve the NATO standards for Federated Simulation. This includes the evaluation of the future HLA 4 standard and update NATO's Education and Training Network. The activity also involves development of open tools that support the preparation of exercises and experiments.
  • Modelling and Simulation as a Service (MSaaS) - Phase 2 (MSG-164): The main objective is to advance and promote the operational readiness of M&S as a Service - entirely in line with the MSaaS vision that "M&S products, data and processes are conveniently accessible and available on-demand to all users in order to enhance operational effectiveness".
  • Incremental Implementation of Mission Training through Distributed Simulation (MTDS) for Joint and Combined Air Operations (MSG-165): NATO needs an MTDS capability to provide mission training and operational assessment of air and C2 systems in all core airpower roles, including Maritime Air, Land Air and JISR (AGS, UAV) components.
NMSG is also looking for participants in a new Exploratory Team on High-Fidelity Electro-Optic/Infrared Scene Simulation for Decision Support. The objective of this exploratory team would be to establish the state of the art in tools and techniques for high fidelity EO/IR scene simulation in NATO and partner nations: e.g. how these capabilities are being used to improve decision-making in support of operations.

For details contact Cdr Federico Santiago Perez-Dueñas, Head, Modelling & Simulation Coordination Office. Email federico.perez-duenas@cso.nato.int