Planes in flight (Credit: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph E. Montemarano)

Modeling Warfighter Decision-Making

Our Contribution

Working with technical consultants and the Navy fighter aircraft community, we created a pilot-behavior model for air-to-air combat. Combined with new tactics and employment modes in BRAWLER—an accepted engagement-level modeling and simulation environment for air-to-air combat—the model allows analysts and decision-makers to study the impact of human performance on air-to-air engagements and overall mission effectiveness. Specifically, we can inject unusual responses into simulations that previously had reflected only “by the book” execution. The model, and its application to engagement-level simulation, marks the importance of operators as the critical element in system designs.

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