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Q & A with Steve Harrison, Australian Department of Defence

From William Riggs:

Q: How well does the AFSIM terrain representation dovetail with ground combat simulation or modeling subsurface maritime operations? Has Australia made enhancements to the AFSIM environmental model?

A: AFSIM can read in various high fidelity terrain databases in DTED format, there is an existing AFSIM demo showing how to interact with the terrain (including Line-of-Sight calculation, and terrain masking effect). Right now we haven’t used any in our studies as they are mostly to do with air combat. But we do plan a range of studies that need access to high quality terrain, both land terrain for assessing helicopter operations and oceanographic data for anti-submarine warfare operations. We are potentially interested in sharing oceanographic data in our area of operations.

From Leonard Adams:

Q: Does DSTO currently use EADSIM (Extended Air Defense Simulation)?

A: We have used EADSIM extensively in the past for a range of aerospace related studies but have now replaced it with AFSIM.

Link to the new Defence S&T Strategy:


Upcoming Events

Featured Speakers

July 17 & September 18 - Mr. Sam Huddleston
Sam Huddleston

Sam is a Senior Data Scientist at Biocore, LLC, where he leads an analytics team that provides data science consulting services for reducing injury in professional and amateur sports leagues. In this role, he also serves as the Technology Lead for the development of The Digital Athlete, an AI-powered collaboration between the National Football League and Amazon Web Services specifically focused on reducing injury in the National Football League. Prior to joining Biocore, Sam served in the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. He has previously served on the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School and the United States Military Academy. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, and an M.S. and PhD in Systems and Information Engineering from The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

July 17 - LTC David Hughes
David Hughes

LTC David W. Hughes is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Systems Engineering at USMA, West Point, NY. He has a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from USMA, Master of Science in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering/Operations Research from George Mason.

July 17 - Mr. Scott Nestler
Scott Nestler

Scott Nestler is an Associate Teaching Professor in the IT, Analytics and Operations Department, in the Mendoza College of Business, at the University of Notre Dame. He joined Mendoza in 2015, subsequent to his retirement from the U.S. Army after more than 25 years of service. Most recently, he was the Force Strategy Division Chief at the Center for Army Analysis. Previously, he taught at the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has served as an analyst and leader of analytic teams in a variety of locations, including the Pentagon and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

Nestler has a Ph.D. in management science from the University of Maryland – College Park, a master’s in strategic studies from the Army War College, a M.S. in applied mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University. Additionally, he is active in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), having served as General Chair of the 2020 INFORMS (Virtual) Analytics Conferences, Chair of the Analytics Certification Board (ACB), which oversees the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) program, and a leader in the INFORMS SpORts (Operations Research in Sports) Section.

24 July - Mr. Shaun Doheney
Chief Analytics Officer for JDSAT, which is a certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business specializing in operations research and data science. He is also the Chair of Resources and Readiness Applications at, a nonprofit devoted to making uncertainty actionable. He holds a BS in mathematics from California State University, Long Beach, an MS in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, a graduate certificate in data analytics from George Mason University, and is both a certified analytics professional and project management professional.
31 July - Dr. Andy Loerch

Andrew Loerch is the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) Associate Chair for George Mason University. He directs the military applications of the operations research track in Mason's Operations Research graduate program—the only comprehensive Defense Analysis program in a U.S. civilian institution. His research interests include the application of mathematical programming to military problems, optimization of multi-year capital budgeting, and management of cyclically scheduled manufacturing facilities.

As a retired Army Colonel with 26 years of military service, including 15 years as a Military Operations Research analyst, Dr. Loerch enjoys helping students learn knowledge and practical skills in his areas of expertise. His emphasis is on teaching concepts and techniques that students can immediately apply at work to contribute to the defense of the United States.

7 August - Dr. Steve Stoddard
Dr. Steve Stoddard

Dr. Stoddard was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July, 2013, and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Army Analysis (CAA) and the Army Modeling and Simulation Office (AMSO). Dr. Stoddard is responsible for directing the Army’s primary study program to inform strategic and operational decisions for the Army’s senior leaders. As Director of AMSO, he is responsible for the Army’s M&S strategy, governance, and policy. He also serves as the Executive Agent for the Army’s Functional Area 57 (Modeling & Simulation officers) and Career Program 36 (Analysis, Modeling & Simulation). His current efforts are focused on the Army’s structure, capabilities, capacity, and readiness to execute the National Defense Strategy.