Metron has conducted numerous analyses to help senior decision makers in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Assessments (OPNAV N81), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Air Force Space and Missile Command (AF SMC).
- “How many next-generation anti-submarine aircraft should be purchased?”
- “What is the threat to US forces from potential adversaries? What countermeasures or counter tactics must be developed?”
- “Where should the US home-port its existing ships to best cover missions near the United States coasts?”
Metron’s OASiS Division routinely provides data and analyses that help the Government find answers to these difficult questions. Below we list some recent example efforts:
Campaign Model Development and Assessment Support
Campaign models and simulations address strategic, operational, and theater objectives. Typically, these simulations span operations from weeks to years, and are designed to gain insight into the ability of the United States to meet high-level campaign objectives, assess warfighting performance, and determine the impacts of new procurements on performance.
The Air Force’s Synthetic Theater Operations Research Model (STORM) is the premier campaign model in use today. The Navy’s Assessment Division, OPNAV N81, desired to transition to using STORM once appropriate maritime features were included in the model. Metron’s OASiS Division assisted OPNAV N81 (Assessments), with the formulation and inclusion of these STORM improvements. Metron also assisted with the Verification, Validation, and Accreditation (VV&A) efforts related to these improvements.
Metron’s OASiS Division has also conducted multiple campaign assessments for the Navy. Metron worked with the J8 Warfare Analysis Division (WAD) to analyze the impact of “disruptive effects” at the campaign level. This work was designed to capture and explore the impact of non-kinetic phenomena and effects on Joint prosecution of an Asian-Pacific scenario.
Metron’s OASiS Division has been integral in developing campaign-level Naval C2 as well as its interaction and coordination with other military services. This C2 representation has been implemented within OPNAV N81’s analysis of an maritime-centric scenario and is the foundation on which all naval behaviors of that scenario are based.
M&S-based Analyses for the Intelligence Community
Since 2007, Metron’s OASiS Division has conducted adversary-centric M&S-based assessment studies for multiple intelligence agencies, the Chief of Naval Operations, and Pacific Fleet. These studies focus on future adversary command and control, C4ISR architectures, and decision-making strategies. Simulations results generated by Metron analysts have been provided to Government decision makers, who have used these data as partial justification for procurement decisions, changes to tactical doctrine, or focused data collection.
Space Based Radar Analysis of Alternatives (AOA)
Metron worked with the USAF Space and Missile Command (SMC) to set the requirements for a space based radar program. The main objective of the SBR program is to field a space borne capability for commanders to track moving targets. Radar tracking from airborne platforms has become a critical part of modern warfare. Expanding that capability to space gives the US the global reach not possible by manned aircraft.
Targets from airborne radar overlaid on an annotated map (approximately 120 by 120 kilometers) show a massive retreat of Iraqi forces in the first Gulf War.
Anti-Surface Warfare Weapon Employment Options
Metron conducted modeling and simulation-based studies for three separate cruise missile alternatives, and helped the Navy to determine the best long-range air-launched anti-surface weapon for the future.