Boeing’s ultimate goal for its rapidly growing modeling andsimulation enterprise is no longer to eventually become fully interoperablewith similar networks operated by other major defense contractors.
Guy Higgins, vice president of Boeing Advanced Systems’ analysis,modeling, simulation and experimentation group, said that most models andsimulations do not required detailed data about competitors’ platforms, renderingfirm links between proprietary corporate laboratories unnecessary.
“Most of the time we just need to be accurate and byaccurate it just needs to be about right,” Higgins said. “It doesn’t need to beprecise.”
Higgins’ remarks come four years after the Network Centric OperationsIndustry Consortium (NCOIC) was formed expressly to create the standards that wouldallow the defense industry’s various wargaming centers to communicate with each other.
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Their purpose is to provide a service to military weaponsbuyers and internal decision-makers, exposing the strengths and weaknesses ofnew technologies and operational concepts in the digital world to help inform investmentdecisions.
As each proprietary network was formed, Boeing spearheaded theeffort to establish the NCOIC to address concerns that the industry wascreating “stovepipe” modeling and simulation centers that would feed into themilitary’s interoperability problem.
However, Boeing’s philosophy on the value of interoperablenetworks since 2004 has shifted. Networking concepts have until recently beenguided by Metcalfe’s Law, which states that the value of a network isproportional to the square of the number of nodes.
New research appearing in 2006, however, claimed that thisprinciple was incorrect, Higgins said. Instead of increasing at such a highrate, new research suggests the increase in value by adding additional networkusers is significantly more modest, he said.
Nonetheless, Boeing is continuing to dramatically expand thenetwork its network of modeling and simulation centers in the
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