FORCEM Gaming Evaluator - FORGE

U.S. Army Concepts Analysis Agency; Bethesda, MD and Harris Corporation; Melbourne, FL

FORGE is a theater-level war-gaming system based on the original FORCEM system. FORGE uses the basic combat/C 2 /movement logic of the systemic non-interactive FORCEM and overlays a graphics-and-menu driven user interface. The objective of FORGE is to allow game controllers to interact with the model at periodic intervals, examine the current "game state", and act as C 2 unit commanders by entering unit orders to override model logic decisions.

This capability allows for more complete scenario control of game and model progress because the model is no longer constrained by pre-programmed logic. The set of orders available to the game controllers at the Theater and Army levels includes: unit assignment and re-assignment; unit posture (attack, defend, delay, withdraw) and unit type-of-operation (hasty attack, deliberate attack, active defense); allocation of priority by unit for CAS, CSS, and Deep Interdiction Air Support; modify Corps boundary; and target enemy airbases.

FORGE allows for one to seven simultaneous game controllers: one overall game controller, and three controllers per Red and Blue side - typically, one Theater and two Army controllers, although Theater and Army C 2 units may be allocated to controllers of a side in any combination. Graphics capabilities include terrain display, boundaries and objective phase lines. Graphical input, via a tablet, includes function selection from the graphics menu, re-draw of unit boundaries and phase lines, selection of displayed units for status in-formation display, Terrain and LogNet toggle, and display zoom or reset.

During the interactive mode, model simulation is temporarily suspended and all controllers may interact by entering new commands/orders, performing graphical functions, and requesting status reports. The concurrent processing functions of SIMSCRIPT II.5 are used to support some concurrent functions, and VAX processes and mailboxes are used to support the simultaneous workstation functions.