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NATO - AMSP-01

NATO MODELLING AND SIMULATION STANDARDS PROFILE

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Organization: NATO
Publication Date: 23 February 2018
Status: inactive
Page Count: 116
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The NMSSP maintains information on M&S standards and recommended practices relevant to achieving interoperability and re-use of components, data, models or best practices. The NMSSP provides recommendations that can be used as guidance in the selection and use of M&S standards for NATO and national activities, e.g. coalition training and experimentation.

Standards are classified in the following categories:

a. M&S Methodology, Architecture and Processes, with sub-categories:

(1) Architecture Frameworks;

(2) Systems Engineering Processes; and

(3) Verification and Validation.

b. Conceptual Modelling and Scenarios;

c. M&S Interoperability;

d. Information Exchange Data Models;

e. Software Engineering.

f. Synthetic Natural Environment, with sub-categories:

(1) Data Sources and Formats;

(2) 3D Models;

(3) Interchange of Environmental Data;

(4) Production Processes;

(5) Visual Systems Interfacing; and

(6) Multiple (of the above subcategories).

g. Simulation Analysis and Evaluation; and

h. M&S Miscellaneous.

In terms of maturity, standards and guidance documents are characterised as either Current, Emerging, Superseded, Obsolete or Cancelled as appropriate in order to provide alignment with the NATO Interoperability Standards and Profiles (NISP) publication. These categories are defined as follows:

a. Current: A current standard is one of the latest issue or amendment and not superseded, obsolete or cancelled. The status usually applies to standards for equipment or processes that are up-to-date or are ingeneral use.

b. Emerging: A standard is considered emerging if it is sufficiently mature to be used within the definition of future planned systems.

c. Superseded: A superseded standard is one that has been replaced by a later issue or amendment. They may be superseded by either the same document with a higher issue or amendment level, or by an entirely different standard.

d. Obsolete: Obsolete standards contain accurate information at the date of being made obsolete, but are no longer applicable to equipment or processes. Provided that subsequent information has not invalidated the content, an obsolete standard could still be of use to historic systems or processes.

e. Cancelled: Cancelled standards have been totally withdrawn from service and are not to be used. A particular revision or issue of a document can be classified as cancelled and the next issue or revision of the same document can supersede the cancelled document.

Further to the terms of maturity as described above, an additional category of Mandated is also applied where deemed applicable. A mandated standard is a current standard that requires compliance for Coalition Operations where an entity (Nation/Organization) wishes to participate in a NATO Operation (including training, exercise, real op, etc.), in which case the use of the respective standard(s) is obligatory.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Allied Modelling and Simulation Publication (AMSP-01), the NATO Modelling and Simulation Standards Profile (NMSSP), is to serve as an authoritative reference for NATO and nations on Modelling and Simulation (M&S) standardization products and their applications. The NMSSP provides guidance on selection and use of standards to promote interoperability, best practice and reuse in the M&S domain. The NMSSP is intended to address and support in particular, the establishment of a common technical framework to foster interoperability and reuse as defined in the NATO M&S Master Plan (see reference 1.1.3.1).

In support of the main objective as described above, the NMSSP also:

a. Informs NATO and national M&S stakeholders on new/emerging M&S standards;

b. Details where gaps have been identified that are either being addressed or need to be addressed by specific M&S standards development activities;

c. Promotes coherence of M&S standards references and descriptions;

d. Provides an introduction on M&S best practices;

e. Provides information and clarification on commercial or governmentowned M&S products that are in common use and sometimes improperly called "standards". This concerns "de facto" M&S standards, products, methodologies, processes, etc. that are not necessarily "formal standards", but are widely used within industry and nations and could be relevant to NATO M&S activities; and

f. Provides NATO directed NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG) input for M&S-specific standards into the NATO Interoperability and Standards Profile (NISP)1 (see para 1.6.2). 

It should be noted that:

a. The NMSSP avoids duplication of references to non-M&S specific standards as these will be detailed in other NATO documentation.

b. The standards included in the NMSSP have been selected by the NMSG M&S Standards Subgroup (MS3) experts and are aimed specifically at NATO member nations and partner nations, as well as national and NATO organizations, which have requirements to effectively use M&S in support of NATO, coalition and national requirements.

c. The standards and other products included in the NMSSP have been chosen as the result of a formal selection process (see paragraph 2.6) by the MS3. Standards and products included in the Profile are not formally mandated by NATO, unless they are supported by a specific NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG).

1 See Annex A

Document History

September 6, 2021
NATO MODELLING AND SIMULATION STANDARDS PROFILE
The NMSSP maintains information on M&S standards and recommended practices relevant to achieving interoperability and re-use of components, data, models or best practices. The NMSSP provides...
AMSP-01
February 23, 2018
NATO MODELLING AND SIMULATION STANDARDS PROFILE
The NMSSP maintains information on M&S standards and recommended practices relevant to achieving interoperability and re-use of components, data, models or best practices. The NMSSP provides...
March 6, 2015
NATO MODELLING AND SIMULATION STANDARDS PROFILE
A description is not available for this item.
January 26, 2012
Nato Modelling and Simulation Standards Profile
AMSP-01 maintains information on M&S standards and recommended practices relevant to achieving interoperability and re-use of components, data, models or best practices. The AMSP-01 provides...
December 3, 2009
Nato Modelling and Simulation Standards Profile
Purpose The NATO Modelling and Simulation Standards Profile (NMSSP) aims to provide guidance to NATO and partner nations, as well as national and NATO organisations who have requirements to...

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