JFORCES
(Joint Force Operational Readiness and Combat Effectiveness Simulation)

 JFORCES is a detailed systems engineering C4ISR simulation environment supporting a wide range of military scenarios ranging in scope from engagement through campaign level conflict. The first release of JFORCES was developed as the Air Defense Initiative Simulation for Command & Control Development, to support Rome Labs in order to examine alternative C3I concepts for air defense of the North American continent. Enhancements have been developed and delivered to the government that include the addition of unconventional intelligence sources and sensors reporting through detailed communications networks and transformed by appropriate processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) procedures to provide actionable information to commanders at all echelons. The resulting operational success is accurately affected by the mission performance of all kill chain activities. All players are indivually modeled using event-based programming to support behaviors appropriate to the information, and misinformation, that would be available to that player at action time. Scenarios range from theater-wide combined force operations down to the individual activities of SOF agents and can include detailed space, ground, naval and air operations. For reference a typical Theater Missile Defense scenario can involve SCUDs, mobile launchers and cruise missile threats, AWACs and JSTARS platforms, F-15s, SAMs, and other mission entities. It has performed executions at the platform level for Operation Desert Storm, J-8 Southwest Asia and Northeast Asia Major Theaters of War (MTW), and other theater-level joint force scenarios.

 JFORCES is a government-owned simulation environment supporting a broad range of defense functions such as training and readiness, acquisition support, doctrine development, requirements definition and contingency planning. JFORCES is constructed around a message-passing executive supporting inter-process communication and network management interfaces for real-time, distributed, parallel processing. The JFORCES environment provides a robust set of analyst-oriented or operator-oriented interfaces for pre-simulation configuration, scenario generation, runtime controls and post-process analysis.

The JFORCES implementation is consistent with the DOD High-level Architecture and is capable of interfacing with virtual nodes using the DOD's Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) Protocol. JFORCES ability to emulate real systems' internal and external message structures in format, content and rate of presentation, offers an off-the-shelf, low-overhead capability to integrate, constructive models, manned simulators and live systems in real-time executions without filters, interpreters or major data transformations.

 JFORCES advanced scenario generation supports:

    • Force structuring and deployment
    • Route planning for air, ground and naval elements
    • Construction and tasking of space-based assets
    • Preview of mission coverages and tactical concepts
    • Target-weapon pairing
    • Attack planning and management
    • Defense planning and management
    • Sustainment/logistics and support element coordination
    • Operations and mission planning

 JFORCES enables the user to perform all functions in a fully rule-based execution mode, with operator over-ride, and with the ability to return to fully automated control, without interruption, at any time during the scenario. Rules of Operation and Rules of Engagement used in the JFORCES environment can be interactively constructed within the JFORCES pre-simulation mode. Rules may be constructed for air, ground, space and naval operations for all assets in the JFORCES framework. Rules may be constructed for automated strategic or tactical control and direction of aggregated friendly, OPFOR and neutral force elements at all echelons of command, or at the individual platform, system or component level.