SESSION 3: Agile IT Acquisition and Plugfesting

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“Open System Acquisition (OSA)”

Chris Gunderson

Research Associate Professor
Naval Post Graduate School

May 21, 2015 at 10:30



CHRIS GUNDERSON is a Research Associate Professor of Information Science at the Naval Post Graduate School. He is on a special assignment in Herndon VA sponsored by the Department of Defense to serve as the Technical Director of the Multi-Agency Collaborative Environment. The MACE is a new-think government approach to deploying Information Systems based on incentivizing a consortium of expert commercial providers to deliver more information value per time per cost.

Prior to this assignment, Professor Gunderson managed an initiative sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to create the World Wide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG), a global network of collaborative experts committed to rapidly fielding network centric tools for enhancing global security and peaceful commerce.

Gunderson retired from the US Navy in October 2004 as a Captain following 27 years’ service. His last assignment in the Navy was as Commanding Officer of Fleet Numerical Oceanographic & Meteorological Center, a super computer network operation center in Monterey, Calif. Prior to command of Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Gunderson served as Deputy Oceanographer of the Navy, and helped develop Department of Defense policy for enhancing information system interoperability.

“A NATO Success Story in C2-Simulation Interoperability”

Robert L. Wittman Jr.

Principal Modeling and Simulation Engineer
MITRE Corporation

May 21, 2015 at 10:30



This presentation describes the work and successful demonstration of the NATO Modeling and Simulation Group MSG-085 Simulation to C2 Interoperation effort. MSG-085 as a follow-on activity to the MSG-048 technical activity ran from November 2010 with a comprehensive culminating demonstration in Dec 2013 at Ft Leavenworth Kansas. The presentation looks across the objectives of Coalition focused C2 and simulation interoperability and how eight national teams working together in MSG-085 successfully demonstrated an emerging capability to explore and improve Coalition operations.


ROBERT L. WITTMAN JR. currently works for the MITRE Corporation as the Simulation Engineering Department Head within MITRE’s Modeling and Simulation Technical Center. He has been part of the U.S. DoD M&S community since 1990 and with MITRE since 1992 starting out as a graphical user interface programmer and system analyst for the TACWAR aggregate analytical simulation system. He has worked as systems analyst, chief software engineer, and software architect on Joint and Army training and analytical simulations systems including: TACWAR, the Joint Theater Level Simulation System (JTLS), the Joint Simulation System (JSIMS), OneSAF, and Joint Urban Test Capability. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University, a M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of West Florida, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.