MASA Group’s market leading automated wargame solution, SWORD, now includes advanced logistics capabilities. The new features make it possible to train logistics commanders with cutting-edge simulation tools that were previously only available for the training of tactical command staff.
Training solutions have traditionally focused upon tactical scenarios, neglecting logistics command posts requirements. Recognizing this need, MASA Group (« MASA »), a leading developer of Artificial Intelligence-based simulation software for the defense, emergency management, and games-related markets, made the decision to develop advanced logistics models for its flagship product. The developments are integrated in the latest release of SWORD, which will be demonstrated at ITEC. As a result SWORD will be the very first solution to provide state-of-the-art simulation capabilities to train logistics command staff.
With continuing pressure on defense budgets, increasing numbers of armed forces around the world are turning to simulation-based training solutions. There are two major benefits to this approach: significantly reduced costs and the ability to use highly realistic computer generated forces (CGF) to represent a comprehensive catalogue of armed forces and civilian stakeholders.
MASA’s expertise in the simulation industry is globally acknowledged and its acclaimed SWORD automated wargame for training and analysis is now deployed in around 15 nations worldwide. The latest product update will provide a number of key enhancements, including a completely redesigned approach on how to simulate features related to logistics chains.
SWORD is a high-level constructive simulation using artificial intelligence algorithms and previously validated doctrine models to enable autonomous behaviors. Such capabilities allow commanders and their staff to be trained in a more efficient manner through highly realistic Computer Aided eXercises (CAX). SWORD offers a wide variety of use cases: it can be deployed via a stand-alone workstation for self-training, in a networked environment for command staff training, or integrated with a Battle Management System (BMS) as a decision support tool or for mission rehearsal training.
Due to be showcased at ITEC 2014 (20-22 May in Cologne), the new SWORD release includes automatically or manually controlled maintenance options in conjunction with innovative supply logistics systems. Through a purpose-designed graphical user interface (GUI), logistics officers are able to monitor key indicators such as the serviceability status of vehicles, weapon systems, or basic loads of vehicles and infantry sections. They can respond appropriately to requests and arrange for the re-supply of key requirements, provide equipment repairs, or monitor casualty evacuation (CASEVAC). Information that can be typically displayed includes the supply level of petrol, oil and lubricants (POL), ammunition, rations, water, casualties and equipment breakdowns.
« This is the first time that a constructive training system has embedded these logistics-related features to such a high level of fidelity, » says MASA’s New Markets & Sales Manager, Enrico Raue. « The feedback from many of our customers and partners has been extremely positive: reflecting the importance they place on the strategic decisions made by logistics commanders – decisions which often determine mission outcomes. »
Some of these logistics functionalities were already put to use last year at an event organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The occasion witnessed SWORD’s use by the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the National institute for Civil Defense in Peru (INDECI) and the Peruvian Red Cross, within a simulated exercise aimed at strengthening the operational capacities of local authorities facing humanitarian disasters. The cooperation between the public and the private sectors, rehearsed and improved through the use of SWORD, enabled the definition of a more efficient distribution of humanitarian help and food relief to the populations in selected coastal areas within the exercise’s framework.
« We are extremely enthusiastic about all the possibilities offered by SWORD’s new logistics functionalities », declared Juan-Pablo Torres, MASA’s President and CEO. « We believe the training needs for logistics command staff are equally important – if not more so – than those for traditional training. Consequently, MASA looks forward to providing a unique capability that delivers an improved and more efficient training experience for our end-users and partners, especially in an area that so far has been underserved by most market stakeholders. »