Advancements in Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) Technology - A Modular After Action Review

Period of Performance: 12/09/1997 - 12/09/1999


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

United Information Systems, Inc.
10401 Fernwood Rd, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20817
Principal Investigator


A critical aspect of Training and Test and Evaluation (T&E) systems is the need to provide an After Action Review (AAR) capability that can support analysis during and within minutes after an exercise, and support subsequent in-depth analysis to develop archives and lessons learned. Several DoD systems provide selected AAR capabilities, but they are not reusable beyond a single project. UIS will develop a Modular AAR System (MAARS) that is HLA-compliant, reusable in a wide spectrum of environments, is scaleable from small to large training teams and scenarios, supports live, virtual, and constructive simulations, measures the performance of unit missions and tasks, and will provide integrated AAR data collection, analysis, and archive functions. We will create an AAR development infrastructure and tools and use them to develop a baseline MAARS to support Training and T&E. We will utilize GOTS and COTS solutions to the maximum extent possible, and enhance the baseline MAARS by providing custom AAR tools to support decision making analysis, data collection, standard data interfaces, and extensions required for unique T&E problems. UIS will establish and maintain an Advanced Modeling and Simulation Lab (AMSL) to develop and test the prototype MAARS components. BENEFITS: It is anticipated that the MAARS and the AMSL development infrastructure and tools will have wide applicability within the DoD, Federal and State governments agencies, and private sector. Each of these sectors are making significant investments in modeling and simulation processes to support Training, T&E, and research and development.