This simulation course is designed for military decision makers and analysts who would like to understand the nature of simulation and how it can be used to design and optimize their systems. The fundamental responsibilities of the decision maker for simulation-project success are also discussed. The seminar is four to eight hours in length and has no prerequisite.

This seminar has been presented to military organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy War College, Missile Defense Agency, Los Alamos National Lab, NSA, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. It has also been given for the defense contractors Lockheed Martin, MITRE, and Rockwell.

Versions of this course have also been presented to managers at manufacturing and logistics companies.


What You Will Learn:

  1. Why Models and Simulations are Necessary
  2. Example Illustrating the Use of Simulation
  3. Steps in a Sound Simulation Study
  4. The Decision-Maker’s Role in a Successful Simulation Study
  5. Ten Critical Pitfalls in Simulation Modeling and How to Avoid Them

Critical Questions That the Seminar Will Answer:

  • What are modeling and simulation and how can they solve your organization’s problems?
  • What expertise is needed to perform sound simulation studies?
  • How do you determine the best software to use for a particular application?
  • How can simulation be used to evaluate military weapons systems and their logistics requirements?
  • What role does the decision maker play in a sound simulation study?
  • How can simulation reduce the risks in military decision making?
  • What are common management misconceptions about simulation that can reduce its effectiveness?