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Memorandum Reports

Report that covers interim results during the course of a project. Note: Unless linked to the full text, reports are only available to NATO member nations from designated distribution centres.

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An information game to support the development of a NATO harbour protection capability An information game to support the development of a NATO harbour protection capability

Date added: 10/07/2015
Date modified: 10/07/2015
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An information game to support the development of a NATO harbour protection capability. Cazzanti, Luca; Locke, Jonathan. CMRE-MR-2015-007. June 2015.

This publication reports on the Information Game, a serious game invented at CMRE. The Information Game is a scenario-focused information exchange between game participants who play the roles of the various components of a simulated military operation. The information exchange is carried out on Joint Tactical CHAT (JCHAT), and the exchanges are logged for analysis. The Information Game was tested during a Table Top Exercise (TTX) held at CMRE during November 2014. The purpose of the Table Top Exercise (TTX) was to support of the development of a NATO Harbour Protection (HP) doctrine and to derisk a Live Exercise (LiveX) planned for 2015. The Information Game contributed to the success of the TTX by producing a meaningful set of information that could be used by military and S&T staff alike. In particular, both military participants and research staff agreed that it was effective to deliver the TTX as three concurrent games ? Information, Matrix, and Risk Games ? that covered the strategic, operational, and tactical aspects of the doctrine. Specifically to the HP doctrine, it was found that the doctrine should more clearly define i) the roles and responsibilities of staff engaged in harbour protection, ii) the capabilities provided by Initial Operating Capability (IOC) and Final Operating Capability (FOC) and iii) how to set the Harbour Safety Area (HSA) and the Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR). Finally, testing the Information Game during the TTX had the additional benefit of giving S&T staff valuable exposure to the military decision making process.

A matrix game to support the development of a NATO harbour protection capability A matrix game to support the development of a NATO harbour protection capability

Date added: 10/07/2015
Date modified: 10/07/2015
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A matrix game to support the development of a NATO harbour protection capability.  Locke, Jonathan; Strode, Christopher; Bryan, Karna. CMRE-MR-2015-006. June 2015.

Under the guidance of the Specialist Team Harbour Protection (STHP), NATO is looking to satisfy the requirement for a harbour protection capability, initially from a doctrinal and materiel perspective. To test the doctrine and de-risk the Live Exercise planned for 2015, a Table Top Exercise (TTX) was held at the CMRE during November 2014. This had the additional benefit of giving S&T staff valuable exposure to military decision making process. Both military participants and research staff agreed that it was effective to deliver the TTX as three concurrent games, that covered the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of the doctrine. This publication reports on the Matrix Game, which is in essence, a scenario focused structured discussion aimed at eliciting useful information with regard to the efficacy of the doctrine. It was found that the doctrine should more clearly define i) the roles and responsibilities of staff engaged in harbour protection, ii) what capability is provided by Initial Operating Capability( IOC) and Final Operating Capability (FOC) and iii) how to set the Harbour Safety Area (HSA) and the Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR). In conclusion the Matrix Game contributed to the success of the TTX by producing a meaningful set of information that could be used by military and S&T staff alike.

Using the Multistatic Tactical Planning Aid (MSTPA) for real time decision support during 2014 Using the Multistatic Tactical Planning Aid (MSTPA) for real time decision support during 2014

Date added: 10/07/2015
Date modified: 10/07/2015
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Using the Multistatic Tactical Planning Aid (MSTPA) for real time decision support during 2014.  Strode, Christopher. CMRE-MR-2015-005. April 2015.

The Multistatic Tactical Planning Aid (MSTPA) has been in development at CMRE since 2005. The software has become a powerful and flexible ASW decision support tool which may be used for simulation, real time analysis, and post exercise reconstruction of both monostatic and multistatic ASW scenarios. This progress report documents the use of MSTPA during 2014 for real time decision support, and includes deployments at sea in both scientific experiments and NATO exercises.

Synthetic aperture sonar snippet image registration for widely separated target aspects Synthetic aperture sonar snippet image registration for widely separated target aspects

Date added: 10/07/2015
Date modified: 10/07/2015
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Synthetic aperture sonar snippet image registration for widely separated target aspects.  JDugelay, Samantha; Fox, Warren L. J. CMRE-MR-2015-003. March 2015.

An algorithm for the registration and fusion of two opposing views of synthetic aperture sonar target snippets (or mugshots) is proposed. The algorithm, based on minimizing the amplitude variation in the fused image and an active convex hull concept, works on the assumption that the strongest highlights belong to the target. This assumption can be partially mitigated by only taking small snippets around the target and thereby minimising the probability of the existence of stronger highlights within the image. Results on CMRE MUSCLE acquired data are encouraging and future work will now focus on further improving and extending the approach.

HLA based interoperable simulation: MCWS-MSTPA federation HLA based interoperable simulation: MCWS-MSTPA federation

Date added: 10/07/2015
Date modified: 10/07/2015
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HLA based interoperable simulation: MCWS-MSTPA federation.  Bruzzone, Agostino; Tremori, Alberto; Oddone, Manlio; Crespo Perreira, Diego; Scapparone, Mirko; Vasoli, Simone; Corso, Massimiliano; Piccini, Irene. CMRE-MR-2015-002. January 2015.

This document describes the activities and main achievements developed during 2014 to improve actual MSTPA (MultiStatic Tactical Planning Aid) capabilities to become a modelling and simulation system and to be part of an HLA (High Level Architecture) based federation. To do this HLA Modules were developed to support MSTPA evolution and a federation was created with MCWS (Marine Cyber Warfare Simulator), an interoperable simulator developed by CMRE. Therefore it was possible to simulate a complex scenario with a sonobuoy, two AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) and a vessel and with MSTPA reproducing a multistatic sonar model. The first paragraph defines the project goal and the different steps that were necessary to complete the project: from definition of federation objectives to the different tests for completing the VV&A (Verification, Validation and Accreditation) of the MCWS-MSTPA Federation. The second paragraph defines the FOM (Federation Object Model) template that is a specification defining the information exchanged at runtime according to the federation objectives. The FOM is the pillar of any federation and it was refined several times during the year based on the evolution of the project. The third paragraph describes the developments of the HLA Modules that were used to provide HLA based interoperability for MSTPA. Three different integration tests were run and they are described in paragraph four. The main objective of the project was achieved by demonstrating pure technical interoperability between the two simulators in the first test. Two other tests were run to increase the level of logical interoperability and to provide preliminary analysis of potential use cases of MCWS-MSTPA Federation.

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