Tactical Wargaming


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Project Description

In line with Saudi Vision 2030 for the development of decision support systems in the defense and security fields, and in strategic partnership with Boeing, the Decision Support Center (DSC) aims within the wargame project to conduct studies and develop advanced solutions by providing a model environment that simulates reality. Therefore, these studies can help decision makers conduct experiments to understand historical events, anticipate the future, and explore options and alternative solutions to reduce potential risks.

Wargames generally operate at three basic levels: tactical, operational, and strategic. The scope of this project focuses on the tactical type of wargaming, which models military conflict at a tactical level that is concerned with the deployment and employment of forces on a small scale.

Throughout this project, the DSC plans to develop a small-scale experimentation environment (including facility use, labor, and technical environment) capable of conducting Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) operations to stifle enemy surface-based air defenses by targeting only radars and Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses (DEAD) operations, which, in contrast, aim to destroy all radars and launchers. A related analysis in this project is focused on a surface-to-air missile (SAM) threat in the regio n. Studies should examine different force options to answer such questions as what operational benefit a fighter (X) would have employing a (Y) weapon or a stand-off weapon or what operational benefit a fighter (Z) would have employing a stand-off weapon during a DEAD operation against a long-range SAM system.

This project works using a multi-phase approach. For the first phase, the DSC will develop simulation models to enable the testing of baseline threats, such that three forces options should  attack SEAD/DEAD operations against a simple air defense threat. At the second phase, the DSC will enhance the phase 1 environment to include additional capabilities, such that the three options with additional capabilities vs. simple threats . For the third phase, the DSC will test the earlier options against more complex threats. Ultimately and throughout the three phases, these models should run in a constructive mode so that a sufficient sample size (e.g., 20 runs) can be employed for each option. Preliminarily, all data will be based on open-source intelligence (OSINT).

Team Members

KACST

Boeing

  • Alharith Almusa
  • Dr.Dushy Tissa
  • Mohammed Asel
  • Ahmad Alohali