During Dr.Allen’s 28 years on active duty in the US Army and 14 years as a Department of the Army Civilian he made numerous contributions to the DoD Modeling & Simulation (M&S) community. Chief among those contribution are:
- He was a member of the team that founded the Training Simulation Center for I Corps at Ft. Lewis, Washington (1980), Director of the Simulation Training Branch at the US Army Intelligence Center and School, Ft. Huachuca, AZ (1989-1992)
- Project Director for the TACSIM Intelligence Simulation, and part of the design group that initiated the Aggregate Level Simulation Protocol (ALSP).
- From 1996 – 2008, he was the US Army Liaison Officer to the German Military Research and Development Agency in Koblenz, Germany responsible for seeking out international S&T solutions for US Army requirements.
- Allen led a successful effort as Project Manager for the DoD High Level Task, “Live, Virtual, and Constructive Architecture Roadmap Implementation” project (2009-2014) and initiated the ongoing Cyber Operations and Training Simulation (COATS) Project.
- US representative to numerous international study groups to include NATO and TTCP working to apply latest M&S technologies to coalition requirements.
- Past Technical Advisor to the NATO Modeling and Simulation Group (NMSG)
- Advisor to the Taiwan Ministry of Defense on M&S integration
- Last Executive Editor of the former DoD M&S Journal
- As the Deputy Director of the Instrumentation Training Analysis Computer Simulations and Support (2014-2015) Dr. Allen guided a team that supplied a world class L-V-C training environment in Europe.
Dr. Allen is currently a member of the M&S Editoral Board to the CSIAC Journal and an Executive Board member for Phi Kappa Phi national award winning Forum magazine.
His academic background includes MS in Telecommunications Systems Management, School of Engineering, University of Colorado (Boulder), and PhD in Instructional Technology, University of Kansas (Lawrence). Dr. Allen is a Vietnam Veteran, member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, a 1999 graduate of the Army War College, and is a DOD Acquisition Corps Level III Certified PM. Dr. Allen currently lives in Germany and devotes some of his time to teaching and consulting on international M&S projects.
This paper is an overview of various issues that arise regarding complexity of data integration when multiple modeling and simulation architectures are used in a Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) simulation network. Points include such items as conversion of units, differing data formats, and
effects on technology performance. Examples are given of ways to mitigate complexity and the paper concludes with recommendations for network designers.
Introduction to Serious Games to Enhance Defense Capabilities – Modeling & Simulation Special Edition
It is our honor to introduce the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) “Serious Games to Enhance Defense Capabilities” Special Edition of the Journal which focuses on wargames and the many uses of M&S that support decision making needed at the various…