AFAMS M&S Standards

What is a standard? U.S. government agencies and military services, allied nation agencies, industry, and academia are all impacted by modeling and simulation (M&S), and included in the standardization process, according to the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS).


In a presentation at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference on Nov. 29, Peggy Gravitz, Air Force M&S Standards Manager, discussed both the definition of standards and the process by which standards are created for the Air Force agency responsible for multi-domain training, capability-based requirements, and advancing airmen preparedness and lethality with a focus in modeling and simulation.


Gravitz offered that the most fitting definition for “standard” is “a document established by consensus and approved by a recognized body that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines, or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context.”


The goal is to ensure that the required M&S standards are available to Air Force operators when they need them during the planning and execution of operational training, according to Gravitz.


AFAMS can achieve that by collaborating with all of the agencies that support the standardization process, and by bringing both DoD and Department of the Air Force guidance to the conversation. Industry, academia, and allied partners join forces with U.S. government and military agencies to create the standards that the entire MS&T community uses for training and operations purposes.


The Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) is one international standard-setting organization that AFAMS supports. SISO is dedicated to the promotion of modeling and simulation interoperability and reuse for the benefit of a broad range of M&S communities, including military modeling and simulation.


“The relationships and interactions are the most important thing we do when developing standards,” said Gravitz, “With these relationships, we ensure innovation and best practices for warfighter training and readiness.”


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