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A primary mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the development of innovative system concepts for improving the effectiveness of U.S. military forces. To assist DARPA in this effort, RAND has established the Concept Analysis Environment (CAE), a secure set of systems for the analysis, exploration, and evaluation of advanced military concepts. This secure framework incorporates simulation models for determining the effectiveness of advanced military system concepts in simulated battlefield environments. The authors describe the system's current and prospective simulation models and their use in two projects: the tactical armor/anti-armor study and the joint close support study. The CAE is expected to make a significant contribution to the three stages of developing innovative system concepts: initial conceptualization, identification of desirable system characteristics, and determination of probable military effectiveness.

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