Magazine article National Defense

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Magazine article National Defense

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PENTAGON CRITICIZED FOR MANAGEMENT OF SIMULATIONS

The Defense Department needs to better manage its simulation programs, said David W. Duma, the Pentagon's acting director for operational test and evaluation.

"I think we've kind of lost our way as a department with modeling and simulation," Duma told a defense industry conference. He said multiple agencies are buying duplicate technologies, rather than coordinating efforts. "We are using more modeling and simulation. But it's not focused, it's scattered. Everybody is building their own."

Another hitch in the current approach to buying simulations is that it makes it difficult for Pentagon testers to get reliable data, Duma said. "I can't tell you how many Mig-29 models are out there. Whether it's an experiment, test or training event, I have a really hard time comparing results of that event to another event that uses somebody else's Mig-29 model. There are no standards for comparison."

ARMY WILL POUR BILLIONS INTO TRUCK FLEET

The Army is expected to budget between $18 billion to $20 billion during the next 12 years to revamp its war-torn truck fleet, which has been a prime target of insurgent attacks and roadside bombs in Iraq.

Army officials are putting the final touches on a planning document that is known as the "tactical wheeled vehicles strategy." This missive will outline future priorities. A tenet of the strategy is a mandate that all future trucks be "armor ready." This means that even when the armor is not installed in the factory, the truck will have special hooks to attach protective kits when needed.

BUSY DEPOT GETS No MERCY FROM ARMY

Despite a huge backlog of trucks awaiting repairs at the Red River Depot, in Texas, the Army opted to shut down the facility in the 2005 round of base closures. It was strictly a business decision, said Army Col. Kurt A. Weaver, who worked on one of the BRAC study groups. "It all comes down to numbers," he said. "Red River is doing a lot of good work, but it has an excess capacity of about 2 million direct labor hours."

To save money, the Army will transfer Red River's work to four other depots: Tobyhanna, Pa., Anniston, Ala., Letterkenny, Pa., and the Marine Corps' repair facility in Albany, Ga.

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