The Navy Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Standards Steering Group
(SSG) promotes and approves a common set of standards and best practices
for use and reuse of models, simulations, and data as well as supporting
protocols, techniques and processes.
Technical subgroups have been established to support the SSG. Among
the subgroups, the Synthetic Natural Environment (SNE), Interoperability
and Data subgroups have a particular interest in the SEDRIS technology.
Each of these groups is charged with bringing initiatives (existing, old
and new) to the SSG that support the SSG's goals in promoting standards
and best practices within Navy.
With a major focus of SEDRIS to provide a standard interchange mechanism
to distribute environmental data, and to promote reuse among heterogeneous
systems spanning environmental domains that include those of interest to
the Navy M&S Community, SEDRIS products greatly contribute to the goals
that support Navy M&S standards initiatives. The SEDRIS development
of a common data representation that is extensible, spatial data representations,
and environmental data coding specifications are an excellent basis for
the SSG to consider as potential Navy M&S standards. Either the total
set of SEDRIS technology components, or specific SEDRIS technology components,
as identified in the ISO standardization process, could form the basis
for Navy standards or best practices.
As a SEDRIS associate, the M&S SSG participates in order to be
continually up-to-date on SEDRIS development activities. In addition, the
M&S SSG provides for the feedforward and feedback to the SEDRIS team
to address Navy unique needs (real and non-real time) and desires as viewed
from the Navy M&S standards community. The Navy M&S SSG, whose
members cover a broad range of domains (SNE, Logistics, Data, Interoperability,
C4ISR and VV&A), has the opportunity to interact with the SEDRIS community
providing valuable input to future SEDRIS developments.
The fact that SEDRIS products are proceeding through the ISO process
as international standards provides an increased incentive for the Navy
to adopt these products as Navy M&S standards. Overall, the Navy's
M&S SSG's involvement in SEDRIS, as an associate, brings demonstrable
benefit to both organizations. .