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20 May 2011 Lessons learned in the process of conducting the verification and validation of live virtual and constructive distributed environment
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To bring reality into models and simulations (M&S), the Department of Defense (DOD) combines constructive M&S with real equipment operated by humans in field environments. When such a live, virtual, and constructive distributed environment (LVC-DE) is assembled, there exist ample opportunities for success or failure depending on many issues. Each M&S tool, along with the means used to connect it to the others, must be examined independently. The combined M&S, the interfaces, and the data they exchange must be tested to confirm that the entire system is interoperable and is achieving its intended goals. Verification and Validation (V&V) is responsible for systematically investigating, creating, and documenting the artifacts needed to assess the credibility of such LVC-DE. The ultimate goal for V&V is to evaluate the capability, the accuracy and the usability of such LVC-DE. The Battlespace Modeling and Simulation V&V Branch has extensive experience performing V&V of LVC-DEs. In a recent project, the task consisted of conducting V&V of the LVC-DE, the supporting infrastructure, and the legacy M&S tools. From a V&V perspective, many things were done correctly; however, several adjustments were necessary to improve the credibility of the LVC-DE. This paper will discuss lessons learned during the implementation and provide recommendations for future LVC-DE applications.
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James N. Elele and David J. Turner "Lessons learned in the process of conducting the verification and validation of live virtual and constructive distributed environment", Proc. SPIE 8060, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications VI, 80600L (20 May 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.886513
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