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Point of Attack 2

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HPS Simulations has completed a project funded by the US Air Force models the effects of a wide range of advanced weapons systems.  The simulation focuses on action at a tactical level, and painstakingly models the capabilities and effects of conventional weapons, along with developing technologies such as lethal/non-lethal Energy Weapons and Point Missile Defense systems.   The software has also been developed as a commercial product, and is the most realistic and detailed combat simulation available on the civilian market. 

 

The Windows-based simulation, titled Point of Attack 2, is designed by Scott Hamilton and is based on his previous work with Point of Attack, Tigers on the Prowl, and Panthers in the Shadows.  However, in order to incorporate a host of improvements and new concepts, the code has been re-written from scratch.  Examples of these improvements include more accurate penetration and damage calculations, improved morale, leadership and other intangible factors, the ability to model every weapons system currently fielded or envisioned in the next several decades, and the inclusion of a complete range of environmental impacts.  

 

In addition to predicting the outcomes of  “force on force” engagements, the software is able to provide additional features for the professional military community, i.e.:

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Allow for interactions with non-combatants, such as refugees and civilian vehicles.

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Reduce the cost and time of weapons system development and modification.

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Allow a wider range of input from different agencies and personnel as well as dissemination of results and information to those agencies.

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Assist in developing doctrine and operational employment principles for the weapons system.

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Provide basic performance data in otherwise unavailable conditions (Nuclear, Chemical, Directed Energy, etc.)

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Permit experimentation in the use of a system or sub-system in a wide range of variant roles: for example, an assault gun version, a tank-destroyer version, or an AA version, in addition to its primary role.

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Test and highlight interactions with other battlefield weapons systems.

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Assess the potential capabilities and limitations of new technologies before they enter active service.

 

The simulation allows quick and easy experimentation for military users.  Data for the various weapons systems can be adjusted at will, using the secure editor to take into account a new design idea, intelligence on threat forces, or an emerging technology.  This also provides the ability to perform a sensitivity analysis.  For example, the designer can look at numerous “what if” scenarios under the best and worst cases to arrive at expected performance range.  By being able to run the same basic scenario multiple times under slightly different assumptions or conditions, the basic employment doctrine for the weapons system can be evaluated and modified as appropriate, based on evaluation of the results.

 

United States Government personnel interested in obtaining a copy of the official military version should contact the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Point of Contact, Dr. John W. Luginsland: John.Luginsland@AFOSR.AF.MIL.  Please include your official government mailing address and a brief description of how you plan to use POA-2.

 


“Point of Attack 2”

As part of their ongoing basic research efforts in support of next-generation nonlethal weaponry, the Plasma Physics Program of the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) funded the development of “Point of Attack 2.”  This state-of-the-art strategy wargame is being designed specifically to include high power microwave (HPM) weapons in its arsenal of advanced munitions.  This will permit conceptual assessments of the likely impact such high-tech armaments may have on battlefields of the (not-so-distant) future.

            For example: recently, Defense News carried an article entitled “U.S. Marines Test Nonlethal Riot-Suppression Device.”  The article discussed a new HPM system that uses millimeter waves (high frequency microwaves) to cause target to feel burning sensation.”  One can speculate on how such a system might effect soldiers on a battlefield as well as rioters.  PoA2 will allow armchair strategists to examine such possibilities.

Similarly, several years ago the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB, NM, released a Broad Agency Announcement seeking bidders to compete for an R&D effort to explore HPM systems for use in “Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD).”  Such systems may someday provide a stand-off capability to disable enemy radar and air defense systems in advance of friendly air missions.  This capability is also explicitly included in PoA2.

 

This project was funded by AFOSR under a Phase II USDoD “Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)” Contract, F49620-99-C-0061, covering the period 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2001.

 

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