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Joshua Fischer, Noah Weston: Army Developing New Tactical Systems Testing Method

research and development RDThe U.S. Army is working on a new assessment plaftorm for military engineers to identify potential system-of-systems challenges in the early stages of a technology development and integration.

The Modeling, Emulation, Simulation Tool for Analysis model will work to help the branch’s analysts to emulate and evaluate tactical systems before fielding, according to a Tuesday blog post by Joshua Fischer and Noah Weston, officials at the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Fischer and Weston believe the framework would streamline SoS testing as well as eliminate redundant analyses and duplicative investments across the organization.

MODESTA is designed to give evaluators a view of how live hardware interacts with emulated systems, as well as to allow military scientific and acquisition teams to perform cross-program executive office reviews.

The program also seeks to provide analysts access to communications infrastructure and data management tools for multiple systems testing, according to Fischer and Weston.

The Army aims to save as much as 80 percent on licensing, development and maintenance costs through MODESTA.

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