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The systems engineering casualty analysis simulation (SE-CAS)




Creary, Andron Kirk, author
Sega, Ron, advisor
Reisfeld, Brad, committee member
Young, Peter, committee member
Bradley, Thomas, committee member

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In this dissertation, we illustrate the use of the systems engineering casualty analysis simulation (SE-CAS). SE-CAS, inspired by the Army's need to detect, identify and operate in areas contaminated by Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA), is a framework for creating chemical warfare simulations. As opposed to existing simulations which emulate simple cause-and-effect relationships, SE-CAS is developed using a systems thinking approach to dynamically represent interconnected elements during weaponized release of CWA. Through use of monte-carlo simulation methods, integrated dynamic analytic models, and NASA WorldWind® global display, SE-CAS provides the capability to visualize areas of chemical warfare agent dispersion, symptomology and exposure effects, and prescription of optimal survival factors within a common constructive environment. Supported by Colorado State University's Walter Scott Jr. School of Engineering and industry affiliates, SE-CAS is part of a larger research & development effort to expand industry modeling, simulation and analysis capabilities within Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRN-E) discipline. SE-CAS is an open, parameterized simulation allowing the user to set initial conditions, simulation mode, parameters, and randomized inputs through a scenario editor. Inputs are passed through the simulation components and service layers. This includes: processor logic, simulation management, visualization and observer services. Data output is handled within the simulation display, as well as in text format for easy back-end analysis. The contributions of this dissertation: advanced the state of the systems engineering practice in modeling, simulation and analysis of chemical warfare agents during simulated military operations, created a robust systems engineering framework for creating chemical warfare simulations that is modular and customizable, developed a practical software solution to fill gaps in CBRN-E M&S tool offerings, integration of newly created dynamic models compatible with CBRN-E platforms, and formulated a roadmap for the application of Live, Virtual and Constructive training and operational planning for joint warfare integrated systems assessments.


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chemical warfare
casualty estimation


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