Task Force SIM (TF SIM) promotes Fleet readiness and Joint interoperability by providing a strategic framework and guidance for Navy-wide use of modeling and simulation (M&S) to support training, acquisition, experimentation and analysis.
Commander, Fleet Forces Command (CFFC), as the single voice for Navy simulation/stimulation requirements, directs the efforts of TF SIM. Per Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Vern Clark, TF SIM strives to “expand the use of simulators to enhance training and efficiency, and to replace outdated training systems.”
TF SIM promotes Fleet readiness and Joint interoperability by providing a strategic framework and guidance for the Navy-wide use of M&S. By meeting these goals TF SIM supports an even larger mission – supporting the CNO’s vision for ForceNet. The Navy’s transformational architecture for the information age, ForceNet leverages the same technologies.
After the publication of CNO Guidance 2004, TF SIM sought to achieve of the goal of ensuring the Fleet receives enhanced, realistic training using simulations throughout the deployment training cycle and during deployment within a standardized architecture while minimizing cost. In support of that goal, TF SIM conducted a survey of M&S stakeholders, identifying existing initiatives, successes and problems associated with the use of M&S within the Navy.
The results of the Phase I survey are currently in staffing for an initial report to the CNO. The impressive results prove M&S can effectively save the Fleet money, while providing equal or better training when compared to traditional methods. These savings come in many forms including: reduced fuel consumption, reduced system maintenance and reduced consumable consumption.
The challenge for Phase II of TF SIM is develop an enterprise approach and process for further integration of M&S into Navy training. Part of the expense of M&S comes from the lack of centralized oversight. The TF SIM Return on Investment (ROI) is a more efficient, Navy-wide enterprise approach toward M&S. This reduces the total cost of ownership for various SIM systems, while improving the quality of Fleet training via the FRP.
There are several goals that will facilitate the accomplishment of this objective:
Three contractors, providing engineering, programmatic and public affairs expertise, staff TF SIM. TF SIM Coordinator, a Navy Commander, provides guidance, direction and serves as Military liaison.
TF SIM built its core membership from those organizations directly involved with the CNO’s areas of interest. Based on the analysis of M&S within each member command, TF SIM created a database, from which the membership crafted the strategic guidance. The membership was instrumental in providing empirical data in their area of expertise.
Program is jointly funded through Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, Fleet Forces Command.
Cmdr. Joseph Burns
Task Force SIM Coordinator