Developing the software architectures, theories and languages necessary for the next generation of simulation systems requires targeted research focussed closely on quite specific defence requirements. Over many years DSTO has developed expertise in approaches to modelling and simulation that have brought artificial intelligence together with practical software engineering to create highly advanced languages that meet the software quality requirements of defence. Much of this research has focussed on the air domain but with the emergence of significant maritime projects, the largest of which will be Future Submarine, modelling and simulation research and development from the air domain is being applied to the development of maritime simulation systems.
In the context of this background and these simulation systems, modelling techniques, tactics and procedures is often a significant challenge and this is complicated further still by the complexity of command and control in dynamic environments. The DSI is supporting a number of research threads and drawing together skilled researchers and experienced developers to make a significant contribution in this area.
One example is the partnering of DSTO and RMIT University with a small industry player, Real Thing (http://www.realthing.com.au) to do research into modelling command and control which has the potential to benefit the development of the next generation of defence simulators.