Integrating the Joint Operations Feasibility Tool with JFAST

Lee A. Belfore, Saurav Mazumdar, Syed S. Rizvi, Johnny J. Garcia, Daniel A. Bitts, Christopher B. Blancett, Erin Paredes, David Moulton, William P. Quinones, Krista Jones, Jennifer Browning

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Abstract

The Joint Operation Feasibility Tool (JOFT) is a model of logistics deployment and sustainment feasibility in the context of the effects base approach for Joint operations. JOFT can be used to quickly assess the feasibility of deployment transportation for military forces to an area of operations and sustainment for those forces once they have been transported. JOFT usage primarily involves several planning phases that include capability selection, force selection, transportation feasibility analysis, and sustainment analysis. A key feature of JOFT's design is that all of these steps are iterative, so that if, for example, a selected force cannot be sustained, the user can go back to select a different force and repeat the analysis easily and quickly (within minutes). JOFT was originally implemented using the Gensym G2 platform. The JOFT's utility has been ably demonstrated on the G2 platform. Furthermore, JOFT's utility as a tool to support the effects based approach has been limited because it is not interoperable with other logistics tools such as JFAST. Because of performance and usability limitations, JOFT functionality has been ported on an open platform, Java. The features of the port and the software architecture are outlined here in this paper. In addition, the reimplementation provided the opportunity to add several enhancements including basic mapping and TPFDD handling. The Joint Flow and Analysis System for Transportation (JFAST), is a more detailed force deployment and planning tool. JFAST can perform transportation feasibility analyses from the origin to the theatre of war, course of action analysis and evaluate what-if scenarios. JFAST does not explicitly provide support for the effects based approach. By integrating JOFT with JFAST, effects based force deployment information from JOFT may be used as a precursor for a more detailed and validated study in JFAST. In addition, JOFT can also aggregate force deployment planning information from JFAST to perform a gross force deployment feasibility study and analyze the capability of each force in the plan and the corresponding effect(s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006
Pages560-569
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventFall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2006Sep 15 2006

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NameFall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006

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OtherFall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period9/10/069/15/06

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Systems Analysis
Planning
Logistics
Theaters
Software architecture
Software Architecture
Gross
Precursor
Usability
Military
Java
Enhancement

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Belfore, L. A., Mazumdar, S., Rizvi, S. S., Garcia, J. J., Bitts, D. A., Blancett, C. B., ... Browning, J. (2006). Integrating the Joint Operations Feasibility Tool with JFAST. In Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006 (pp. 560-569). (Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006).
Belfore, Lee A. ; Mazumdar, Saurav ; Rizvi, Syed S. ; Garcia, Johnny J. ; Bitts, Daniel A. ; Blancett, Christopher B. ; Paredes, Erin ; Moulton, David ; Quinones, William P. ; Jones, Krista ; Browning, Jennifer. / Integrating the Joint Operations Feasibility Tool with JFAST. Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006. 2006. pp. 560-569 (Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006).
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Belfore LA, Mazumdar S, Rizvi SS, Garcia JJ, Bitts DA, Blancett CB et al. Integrating the Joint Operations Feasibility Tool with JFAST. In Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006. 2006. p. 560-569. (Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2006).