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Since 2008 a forum got established (TSWG [Lead: CHE], STOG [Lead NDL], STOG-L [Lead CHE]), where nations where able to identify common needs for Simulation in Training and Operations. With the continued increase in the use of simulation in training (especially Army), and in order to coordinate the requirements and use of simulation systems for training among member nations and Partners, STOG became a fixed institution for the NATO Members and Partners.
For NSMG, its sup-groups and for participating Nations, these working groups were always provider of the newest information on running projects, sim-exercises and experiences with existing systems, from a military user’s perspective. Over the years, they transformed more and more to a NATO Knowledge Hub and an expertise cell for operational user of simulation in support for training and operation from tactical level up to Brigade size. Nowadays the established working group (STOG-L) is well known in the NSMG and in the Industry
• For NMSG: To provide the military expertise and experiences (Knowledge Hub) for improvement of Simulation Systems in use.
• For NATO Bodies, nations and partners:
• To provide an overview of installed simulator systems in the nations.
• Attribute to an overview of best practices with the different categories of modelling and simulation systems, first of all to be able to learn from other nations experiences.
• Share terrain- and object models to improve preparations for exercises in other partner nations, to reduce expenditure of resources and costs, as well as to increase interoperability in training and operations.
• Share releasable national simulation roadmaps and approaches, to convey thoughts on how simulation systems are life-cycled and evolved during time – and for what reason.
• Facilitate integration of virtual and constructive simulator systems between partner nations to do common exercises.
• Recommend common functional requirements for live, virtual, constructive simulators;
• Recommend content for manuals and handbooks on simulators, sim exercises and other simulation relevant documents.
• Provide the members with an overview of national simulators and their capabilities, terrain databases and models, with the intention to share if possible