A Conceptual Design for the Model Integration and Management System

by Bart E. Bennett


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The Model Integration and Management System (MIMS) is a structured modeling framework designed to simplify the installation or creation of models within a common environment as part of RAND's Military Operations Simulation Facility (MOSF). The goal of the MOSF is to enhance the quality of tactical and strategic military analysis and the effectiveness with which it is performed. The MIMS is designed with a high degree of generality, allowing commonly used tools (e.g., graphics, data management, statistics, mathematical algorithms, etc.) to be readily accessible. The analyst is provided with a standard set of model-independent interfaces to these tools and the models, and is therefore required to learn only one set of user-friendly protocols. In addition, there are no requirements to alter the model, eliminating one source of extensive delays. The MIMS uses decision-support system methodologies, knowledge-based system methodologies, and intelligent-database methodologies that interface with the analyst and automate many of the repetitive, tedious tasks performed by database and modeling technical analysts and programmers.

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