Modelling and Simulation (M&S)


Modelling and simulation is one of the projects resulting from Training & Education Branch (T&E) aspiration to create more advanced and attractive training in the future. Civil-military-cooperation (CIMIC) competences (critical thinking, problem-solving, liaison) will be boosted by testing them in the contemporary environments (hybrid warfare, capacity building, collective defense). The aim of challenging our students is met by posing relevant questions and exercising the answers.

In a 4 year time frame we want to achieve following objectives:

  • Create a battle lab culture enabling trial-and-error experimentation, education, training, exercises;
  • Make scenarios more realistic by adding the individual and societal resilience factor into the interaction with the population;
  • Develop the competences of critical and creative thinking for problem-solving and countering challenges which require attitude change;
  • Provide a test-bed for conceptual developments;
  • Design table-top simulations of current challenges facing NATO to recognize different courses of action;
  • Introduce CIMIC elements into Computer Assisted Exercises (CAX).

Latest News

Modelling and Simulation at Joint Cooperation Exercise 2019

Natalia Wojtowicz of CCOE´s Training and Education Branch provides with the CIMIC Game a specific simulation of multi-actor environment in pursuit of opposite goals.

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Field Worker/Staff Worker Course 2019

During NATO Field and Staff Worker Course, students have to experienced the challenges of CIMIC work in the Baltic States. In the framework of NATO Eastern Flank, Natalia Wojtowicz of CCOE´s Training and Education Branch provided a specific simulation of multi-actor environment in pursuit of opposite goals.

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Innovative research in the field of CIMIC

Since 2017, the CCOE has been cooperating with the Technical University in Delft to ensure the success of CIMIC Modelling and Simulation project.

Ms. Natalia Wojtowicz is leading the research at the University in Delft on the topic: Introducing Civilian Population into Wargaming: An Experimental Study and leads the CIMIC M&S project as a Subject Matter Expert of CCOE.

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New simulation supporting decision-making in Crisis Response Operations

CIMIC Modelling and Simulation introduced a new tool for decision-makers in Crisis-Response Operations: simulation called “Water bear”. By pairing civil and military planners efforts, the simulation has shown the challenges of working towards a common goal. In the case of a simulated crisis, the local population was represented and active in the coordination meetings. The interactive tool has combined the CIMIC skills and crisis scenario, leading to a multi-purpose training, concept and experimentation use. The following article showcases the establishment and development of Water bear simulation.

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During the last NATO CIMIC Liaison Course conducted in, CIMIC Modelling & Simulation (M&S) had executed the simulation with participants. Following the “Train, as you fight” motto, the simulation has been focused on everyday challenges of Liaison Officers.

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NATO Trilemma: M&S supporting projecting stability during Community of Interest in Rome

CIMIC Simulations will be represented in Rome, during the Community of Interest Conference (COIC), taking place between 14-16 May. Last week, on 18th of April, CCOE Lessons Learned Branch took part in the table-top exercise which will be the focus of Simulations syndicate in the upcoming COIC.

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Eyes on the prize: why are we training?

The simulation recognized the core task of NATO – collective defence and solidarity in response to various adversarial actions. The Eastern Flank of NATO has been reinforced with new structures, reflecting the importance of assurance and deterrence against all possible threats.

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CIMIC Modelling and Simulation (M&S) is currently developing the prototype of NATO Strategic Direction South wargame.

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Wargaming NATO Eastern Flank: asking the right questions

Wargaming is largely an intellectual exercise: posing dilemmas before we need to face them in reality. It needs to challenge notions, assumptions and ways of acting. It is about heads making decisions. The problem with NATO Eastern Flank is that we already prepared the answers.

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Since February 2017 a closer cooperation between the CCOE and the Technical University in Delft is ongoing. The common aims are the recognition of complex problems and innovative approaches for their solutions.

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