Simulation Based Acquisition (SimBA) Consortium
In March 1999 at the request of Dr. Vincent Russo, Executive Director of the Aeronautical Systems Center, a group of Dayton area companies formed the Simulation Based Acquisition (SimBA) Consortium. Dr. Russo was looking for a coalition of local companies to build a working approach to implement the DoD vision of Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). He asked that the group define a vision and goal for SBA and determine the level of support at WPAFB. SimBA developed the following vision, "Wright-Patterson must use emerging information technologies to remain the national leader in aerospace system development, acquisition, and sustainment". With the following goal for WPAFB, "Leverage existing modeling, simulation and analysis capabilities, word-class facilities, and emerging information and simulation technologies in a collaborative environment to achieve our vision".
The original six members of SimBA; Ball Aerospace, Computer Sciences Corp., Frontier Technology Inc., Science Application International Corp., Veridian, and Wright Technology Network have now grown to eleven companies. New members of SimBA include; Booz-Allen Hamilton, CACI, The Greentree Group, IIT Research Institute, Ohio Supercomputer Center, and Universal Technology Corp.
For the past two years the SimBA Industry Consortium has been working closely with both WPAFB and the Miami Valley community to understand the needs of the Air Force and is committed to a partnership that can demonstrate the value of SBA and Simulation Based Research and Development (SBR&D). To demonstrate the feasibility of the SBA/SBR&D process SimBA has worked with several different WPAFB organizations and conducted two different experiments.
SimBA conducted an engineering level detailed design experiment for the Air Force Research Laboratory that looked at a space-based sensor improvement. The experiment demonstrated collaboration between disparate models and simulations and exercised these models across geographically distributed locations. This provided a basis for a follow-on experiment.
A second experiment was conducted that considered time-critical-targets and addressed four alternative scenarios. This experiment was a mission level study and made use of the AFRL Collaborative Enterprise Environment (CEE). The CEE framework and process are now in place for reuse.The goal in 2001 is to conduct a trade study for a program office that can make use of the SBA process and that will involve the warfighting community.
SIMBA SBA EXPERIMENTS
WTN contributions for the SimBA Simulation Based Acquisition Experiment included active participation on both the Management and Technical/Analysis Teams.
On the Management Team WTN provided options and worked to build consensus answers and decision.
On the Technical/Analysis team WTN supported the team with a consultant recognized throughout the modeling and simulation community as an expert in the field of constructive models, tools, metrics, analysis process and virtual modeling and simulation.