Marine Corps

Enterprise Network Digital Twin

Human decision-making fundamentally relies upon communications and networks to contain, extract, and disseminate time-sensitive, mission-relevant information to win decisively against opposing forces, particularly when engaged in asymmetric combat. Future conflicts will involve attempts to disrupt information systems that are critical for communication and for assured operation of highly sophisticated weapons systems. Disruption is already a capability of potential adversary forces and will spread to secondary threats allied to them. This creates an urgent need to incorporate real-world cyber, communications, and networking effects to support development and sustainment of effective networks, operating concepts, capabilities, and plans. The complexity of a multi-domain, combined cyber and kinetic battlefield requires incorporation of high fidelity, physics-based network digital twins into system integration and test environments to adequately account for potential impacts resulting from degraded network operations and/or cyber vulnerabilities on overall mission outcomes.

Recognizing this need, Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) and Marine Corps Tactical System Support Activity (MCTSSA) tasked SCALABLE to provide network digital twin services for modeling of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) in support of the MCEN Planning Yard (MPY). The mission of the MCEN Planning Yard is to provide engineering services to integrate changes to the MCEN to reduce risk and meet or exceed all force requirements, maximize cybersecurity, minimize downtime, and reduce total cost of ownership. The MPY provides an enabling capability to implement Technical Authority over the MCEN by establishing a rigorous and repeatable engineering process to evaluate proposed changes and cyber vulnerabilities. The focus of the MPY includes tactical communications systems, the MCEN persistent environment (garrison), as well as the intervening seams and interfaces. The MCEN digital twin thus must be able to accurately emulate Marine Corps networks from the fighting hole to the flagpole.

Using Network Digital Twins to Model Multi-domain Battlefield Networks

Multi-domain network planners and operators can use digital twins to adapt to evolving traffic and resource demands as well as to changes in protocols and technologies. Using a network digital twin, they can safely experiment with different solutions, determine the optimal configuration for their networks and assess their resiliency to cyberattacks in a high fidelity, easy-to-use, easy-to-integrate, real-time, or faster-than-real-time live-virtual-constructive environment with in-depth visualization and analysis capabilities.

Enhancing Command PE with Network Digital Twins:

During this webinar, we will kick off the launch of new, ground-breaking software integration. The leading professional operational wargame, Command Professional Edition, will take advantage of EXata Network Digital Twins. All of the extremely powerful cyber, communications, and networking capabilities of SCALABLE’s software are now usable within Command PE. This further enhances the possibilities to analyze and research operational wargaming whilst remaining within the familiar environment of existing software applications.

MCEN digital twin developed by SCALABLE provides a rapid and easy approach for network analysis, testing, and optimization

Segments of the MCEN are replicated in SCALABLE’s EXata network simulation tool to create the MCEN digital twin, leveraging the Joint Network Emulator (JNE) developed by SCALABLE under prior Government contracts. Resulting MCEN digital twin models are progressively enhanced and continuously updated. Additional sites and components can be iteratively added to ensure the MCEN digital twin contains all required sites and functionality.

EXata/JNE provides the high fidelity models of networking technologies that MPY requires for developing digital twins of the MCEN and various long-haul networks. EXata/JNE also enables the MPY modeling framework to have a real-time, hardware-in-the-loop capability for simulation of the entire net-centric infrastructure.

Related Resources

Enhancing Wargaming Fidelity with Network Digital Twins

Wargames must incorporate real-world cyber, communications, and networking effects to support the development of effective operating concepts, capabilities, and plans.

Creating Network Digital Twins

SCALABLE’s emulation platform, EXata, provides several automated tools which facilitate the creation of high-fidelity digital twins of existing networks.

Joint Network Emulator (JNE) – Multi-Domain Battlefield Network Simulation

SCALABLE’s Joint Network Emulator (JNE) library is a live-virtual-constructive (LVC) simulation platform for the development, test and evaluation of battlefield communications networks, applications and net-enabled systems.

Key Features of EXata

Real Time Emulator

Seamlessly interface with other live equipment and applications

Cyber Testing

Test the resiliency of your network to Cyber Attacks

Network Digital Twin

Test your network in a low-cost, zero-risk environment

Scalability

Model thousands of nodes with parallel execution

Model Fidelity

Models simulate accurate real-world behavior

Commercial enterprises, educational institutions, and governmental organizations around the world all depend on reliable, effective networks to deliver business-critical, mission-critical communications, and information. SCALABLE maintains a highly experienced group of technical professionals to support customers and projects of any scale and solve challenging problems with our advanced network digital twin technology.

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