||Applied Physics Laboratory - Johns Hopkins University
A not-for-profit division of The Johns Hopkins University, the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a research and development organization dedicated to solving critical problems of national security. APL’s 4,500+ employees work on over 400 programs serving the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and numerous other government agencies. As a University Affiliated Research Center, APL often serves as a liaison between government and industry. Key areas of research for scientists and engineers at APL include sensors, information processing, command and control systems, navigation, guidance, propulsion, aerodynamics, oceanography, space physics, sonar, software development, signal processing, materials, biomedicine, and modeling and simulation (M&S). In M&S, APL is a leader in simulation interoperability standards and techniques, and in verification, validation, and accreditation (VV&A).
For more information on APL, see the APL web site at: http://www.jhuapl.edu
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2010, the company generated revenues of €13.1 billion with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.
Thales recognises the importance of modelling and simulation in support of the systems engineering lifecycle, from concept development and experimentation through to testing and evaluation. Thales is also a world-leader in providing simulation-based training systems. SISO is considered an important forum within which to share advanced methods and technologies and to draw upon complementary capabilities to meet the specific requirements of our customers.
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Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office (M&S CO), formerly Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO)
The Department of Defense (DoD) Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office (M&SCO) is the focal point for coordinating all matters regarding modeling and simulation across the DoD for the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (USD(AT&L)). Modeling and simulation (M&S) is an enabler of warfighting capabilities. It helps to save lives, to save taxpayer dollars, and to improve operational readiness. M&SCO assists the DoD to use M&S in a cost-effective manner through tools, policies, standards, guidance, and collaborative forums.
The use of simulations and simulators to provide training procedures improves individual and collective capabilities. Military forces train with a wide range of simulated weapons, ships, aircraft, and other vehicles in conjunction with live training on actual equipment. Within the military--and in other professions--, M&S helps provide a safer and lower resource-intensive rehearsal capability for a wide variety of training.
Training is one of the most employed of the M&S applications, but there are many other ways that M&S enables Department's functions. In particular, M&S is used to analyze and inform the Department decisions in acquiring new capabilities, adopting new tactics, processing intelligence, and testing systems before they are put into the hands of our fighting forces.
Established in 2006, with a heritage back to 1991, M&SCO fosters M&S interoperability and reuse to improve value and mission effectiveness for the Department's M&S Enterprise. The Department's M&S Enterprise consists of the military services (the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force); the Joint Staff; and seven communities (Acquisition, Analysis, Intelligence, Experimentation, Planning, Test/Evaluation, and Training). All parts of the whole help ensure DoD's readiness to provide for national security. The M&S Enterprise also includes other US Government agencies and international military partners. As a pivotal organization, M&SCO recommends policies, plans, and programs to the USD(AT&L) that supports the M&S Strategic Vision and DoD priorities. M&SCO can be viewed as having three distinct arenas: Operations, Governance and Technology.
Operations: M&SCO manages the sustainment and operation of enterprise level M&S capabilities - tools, data, and services - in support of USD(AT&L). M&SCO also serves as the Department's lead for M&S standards and is the point of contact for International M&S activities.
Governance: M&SCO develops strategic policy, guidance, standards, and practices, with the advice and assistance of the M&S Steering Committee (M&S SC). M&SCO also provides the Secretariat (administrative) functions for the M&S SC. As a result, the policies and standards help educate the Department's workforce, promote interoperability and reuse, and enable the DoD M&S Enterprise.
Technology: M&SCO provides technical expertise to the USD(AT&L) and provides technical coordination to M&S Enterprise and the M&S SC on DoD M&S architectures, software, computing, data, and other related enabling technologies.
For more information, visit our website at: http://www.msco.mil/