About DSIAC Survivability & Vulnerability Models

The survivability of weapon systems and platforms and protecting them against new, lethal, and asymmetric threat innovations is critical in today’s Defense environment.  At the same time, concern for our own losses/casualties has never been greater.  Accordingly, the S&V community must apply lessons learned from combat and tests to improve future system designs, performance capability, and survivability against anticipated lethal and non-lethal threats.  The challenge for the survivability professional is to glean insights from combat and test data, find leading-edge technology solutions, and apply approved state-of-the-art methodologies.  Helping to meet this challenge is one of the key reasons why DSIAC was established.

The DSIAC Survivability & Vulnerability Community of Practice is a centralized information resource for all aspects of nonnuclear survivability, lethality, and mission effectiveness activities.  We provide information resources and analytical services to support scientists, engineers, analysts, and program managers engaged in designing and improving weapon systems for the Warfighter.

In today’s quick-reaction-time environment, it is essential to make efficient use of credible models and simulations to support acquisition, test and evaluation, and Warfighter operations.  Thus, an important part of the DSIAC mission is distributing selected computer models to U.S. Government organizations and their contractors.  Furthermore, DSIAC analysts provide value-added support on these models by responding to requests and carrying out in-depth analyses for special studies and tasks.  DSIAC also maintains a network of SMEs in Government, industry, and academia to draw upon to answer technical questions and support special studies.  The Joint Aircraft Survivability Program (JASP) and Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness (JTCG/ME) computer models distributed by DSIAC have been specifically designated by these Government agencies as standard methodologies for wide use within DoD organizations.

DSIAC’s on-line Model Guide describes our model repository holdings, including each model’s capabilities, assumptions, and limitations.  For each model, this guide describes the required input data, and resulting output data are also provided to help engineers and analysts decide which model is most appropriate to solve a particular problem.  Model acquisition procedures are discussed, and DSIAC model support services are reviewed.  The guide also highlights the procedure for reviewing candidate models and entering them into the controlled DSIAC repository.

Models and related documentation are made available on CD/DVD to Government agencies and their contractors free of charge.  For fastest service, a user can become a registered member of DSIAC and submit his/her request on-line.  Requests can also be submitted by telephone, letter, e-mail, or fax.  All requesters will then receive a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which must be completed and returned to DSIAC before a model can be released.  (For contractors, MOAs must also be signed by the contractor’s Government contracting agent to certify need-to-know.)   

Information regarding model workshops can also be obtained by contacting DSIAC.  We will notify all registered and subscribed users about meetings or workshops pertaining to their specific model.  Model workshop fees vary based on the resources required for workshop preparation and conduct.