Tactical Air-Land Operations Model - COMMANDER

U.S. Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center, Tactical Liaison Office, Fort Leavenworth, and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Combat Development Activity

COMMANDER is an analyses tool for studying the effects of various combinations of tactical air weapons and support systems on the outcome of a dynamic, corps level, combined air/ground arms battle.

The COMMANDER model consists of several activity phases. Tactical ground operations are modeled for both offensive and defensive units, including mechanized armor and artillery. Tactical air operations are modeled, including interdiction, and defense suppression. The model also includes tactical reconnaissance with targeting, sensor configuration, and rediffusion. Modeling air defense operations include target acquisition, TEL allocation, missile and equipment availability, and damage assessment.

The model provides graphical displays of battlefield combat measures including location, momentum, and position certainty. It also has calculation routines for generating and updating measures of unit mass momentum and battlefield stress.

The user has control over forces, including the capability to change tactical plans during the course of a game.

COMMANDER was developed as a tool for joint studies of the total tactical air and ground environment, enabling simulation of command level decisions on the battlefield.