Testing Warfighting Systems for the next Millennium Simulation of Advanced Weapons Concepts

Period of Performance: 09/01/1998 - 06/01/1999


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Hexagon Interactive, Inc.
6750 Wedgewood Place
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Southern California
3720 S. Flower Street, 325
Department of Contracts
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Institution POC

Research Topics


Design of a wargame simulation that accurately models the effects of new weapon systems technologies. The proposal program capitalizes on the extensive design experience of Mr. Josech Miranda in the commercial and military wargaming market, and the expertise at USC in the area of sophisticated autonomous agents to model human decision making in the employment of novel munitions, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of this decision making. Sample quantitative outputs for specific examples will be provided, especially USAF systems and new concepts of electronics-based high-tech warfare technology. A holistic approach will account for cascading effects across all systems as well as direct physical effects on the battlefield. The ultimate objective is to develop a prototype to plan warfare tactics of the future featuring a user-friendly interface and programmability, allowing flexible insertion of new weapons systems. Mr. Miranda/Hexagon Interactive will research historical and hypothetical weapons systems performance and their impact on all systems involved in modern warfare, then develop the simulations algorithm. USC/ISI will develop a simple computer demo to illustrate the potential for a full computer simulation. The work is expected to lead to a phase II proposal to develop prototype simulation software.