• SLAD should focus on physics processes at a high-fidelity level (e.g., packet-level resolution in communications).

• S4 should be structured to accept combat dynamics as an input from other Army combat models.

Other concerns included the approach to survivability analysis with respect to information operations, the understanding and application of agent-based modeling, the need for strong information assurance and uncertainty analysis, and the lack of connectivity with relevant technical communities.

Given the importance of the soldier and experience in theater over the past decade, concentration on the soldier may be the critical research area in the short term. It is clearly an area where SLAD already has expertise.

Technical Merit

Progress has begun toward establishing a formal software development methodology and in bringing the system-of-systems analysis program, including S4, more under SLAD control, but there is still a long way to go to establish SLAD as a credible participant in the system-of-systems analysis environment. Relative to the metrics of quality assessment, the program does not reflect a broad understanding of the underlying science; the qualifications of team members are inadequate for the task; the facilities are state-of-the-art; the analytical work does not reflect a sound understanding of Army requirements; and the mix of theory and computation is appropriate, but the theoretical basis is inadequate.

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