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THE NATO MODELLING AND SIMULATION GROUP

The mission of the NATO Modelling and Simulation (M&S) Group (NMSG) is to promote co-operation among Alliance bodies, NATO member nations and partner nations to maximise the effective utilisation of M&S.


NATO Modelling and Simulation Master Plan (NMSMP)
The NMSG has been designated by the North Atlantic Council (NAC) to supervise the implementation of the NMSMP and also to propose updates. The most recent updated version (2.0) of the NMSMP was formally endorsed by the NATO Science and Technology Board in Sep 2012.




NATO HLA Compliance Certification
The High Level Architecture (HLA) is the preferred Simulation Interoperability Standard recognized by NATO as early as 1998. HLA is an international standard as defined in IEEE and also STANAG 4603. To support proper use of HLA, the NMSG has established an HLA Compliance Certification Capability. This capability is distributed between NATO/PfP Nations and offered as a not for profit service to check and certify the compliance of relevant simulations with the HLA standard.




NATO Simulation Resource Library
The NATO Simulation Resource Library (NSRL) is a tool provided by the NMSG and CSO to increase the reusability level of the simulation resources within the STO community - registration via CSO Web Site (Meeting Enrollments Section). 



The NMSG Online Calendar (STO login required) is intended to be an effective tool to help de-conflicting the multiple events in the NATO M&S world.





NATO M&S Standards Subgroup (MS3)
The NMSG established the MS3, consisting of NATO and national M&S experts, which were tasked with creating and maintaining the NATO M&S Standards Profile (published under the NATO reference AMSP-01). The second release, AMSP-01(B), was promulgated in Jan 2012 and includes more than 40 M&S related standards. The standards and products included in AMSP-01 are not formally mandated by NATO unless they are supported by a specific STANAG. However, all identified standards/products were included in AMSP-01 following a formal selection and classification process by the MS3 experts and should therefore be considered as relevant for the M&S domain.



Missionland: A Universal, Generic Multi-Spectral Simulation Environment Database (MSG-071)

STO Task Group MSG-071 Missionland was set up in 2008 to investigate the requirements for, and produce a non-geospecific (generic) environmental dataset for use in distributed multi-national simulation and training exercises. The scope of the group was to provide a static, sensor capable, environmental representation of a substantial geographical area containing different geologies, climate and feature types to enable use within a wide range of simulation systems.

The result of the Task Group's activities include much more than just this report, it also includes tangible items such as the dataset and associated software tools as well as conditions of use and a contribution guide which will allow future additions.


AMSP-02 NATO Modelling and Simulation - Glossary of Terms

AMSP-02 is a NATO standard. The aim of this document is to create a common understanding of M&S terms and where agreement cannot ultimately be reached, to understand variations in definitions. 






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