Join us for CAX Forum

The CA²X² Forum is drawing closer by the day, and soon the corridors of the Ergife Palace Hotel & Conference Center in Rome will resonate with interesting conversations about Modelling and Simulation (M&S). From October 3rd to 5th, this premier event, organized by the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence, will serve as a hub for innovative ideas, bringing together professionals from the military, industry, and academia.

Held annually, the NATO Computer Assisted Analysis, Exercise, Experimentation (CA²X² ) Forum offers a unique platform where the military, industry, academia, study groups, and subject matter experts converge to discuss M&S-related topics.

Under this year’s guiding theme “M&S as a Cross-Functional Enabler,” attendees can anticipate diving deep into a diverse range of topics. From the intricacies of wargaming to the nuances of data-driven analysis, the discussions will unfold against the scenic backdrop of historic Rome.

Visit us at the Pitch booth to discover how our cutting-edge products and solutions can elevate your Computer Assisted eXercises (CAX) with advanced infrastructure, realistic radio simulation, and comprehensive debriefing capabilities. Get a firsthand look at the advantages of the upcoming NATO-FOM v4, and witness how cyberattacks can seamlessly integrate into your exercises with the introduction of the CYBER-FOM. 

Additionally, we’ll be sharing some of our recent success stories where Pitch products played a pivotal role in the foundation of renowned Computer Assisted eXercises (CAX), including:

  • VIKING 22
  • CWIX 23

Pitch will also host two presentations to the conference, details below:

MSG-191 status update on AMSP-04 EdC (NATO FOM v4.0)

Who: Björn Löfstrand
When: 4 OCT 11:20-11:55
Where: Room R2

The NATO Federation Object Model for Distributed Synthetic Training (NATO FOM) is the proposed new name of the NETN FOM modules currently defined in NATO AMSP-04 Ed B. MSG-191 is tasked with updating AMSP-04 to Ed C and in doing so, transforming the standard to take full advantage of HLA4 standard currently being edited by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) for publication by IEEE.

This next-generation Federation Object Model builds on the success of the NATO NETN standard (STANREC 4800) and includes, among others, several new modules that bring additional capabilities of sharing and representing simulation data and concepts in a federated distributed simulation. This presentation will highlight some of the new modules and features you can expect in the NATO FOM v4.0, expected to be released in early 2024.

An interoperable generic tool for simulating attacks within the cyberdomain

Who: Garratt Weblin
When: 5 OCT 08:35-09:10
Where: Room R4

In today’s world, the constant threat of cyber-attack has grown substantially. Creating the need for realistic cyber training, enabling trainees to practice different scenarios in the safety of a simulated environment. This could range from modelling cyber behaviours and how they affect simulated assets, to Red vs Blue cyber duels where teams battle for control.

To aid development of interoperable cyber simulations, a SISO study group has developed a new standard, Cyber Data Exchange Model (CyberDEM). An ontology that provides a common representation of cyber-attacks, events and objects to be used in simulation of the cyber domain.

As part of a Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) research project, Pitch Technologies investigated the extent of the standards usefulness, given a specific use case based on real world scenarios. A high-level demonstration was created, using HLA, showing how the cyber domain could be simulated and integrated into existing simulations. This demonstration made use of multiple cyber-attacks to disrupt simulated government assets. A reusable generic cyber attacker was created, enabling cyber objects and interactions to be simulated inside a HLA federation. 

Future work with CyberDEM could involve linking Red vs Blue and cyber influences software, enabling collective training. As well as integrating CyberDEM into existing simulation solutions.

The CyberDEM standard enabled the modelling of the given use case, to a high fidelity. Some interoperability challenges remained, as the standard is open to interpretation, it could be implemented in different ways, giving different results for the same events.

CyberDEM and cyber attacker application only trigger cyber events, simulators must be able to react to these events. In most cases this would mean more development is needed to make use of the standard and tool. Due to the nature of open standards, plugins can be built for existing simulators expanding their scope and usefulness.

See you in Rome!