THUNDER is in the Air Force Standard Analysis Toolkit (AFSAT) suite of models and is a two-sided, theater-level campaign simulation. It has an extensive representation of air, land, and naval systems combined in a joint environment and simulates realistic geographic, environmental, and meteorological conditions. THUNDER provides analysts a tool to gain insights into the full range of potential outcomes of a military campaign and in turn provide decision-makers with quantitatively based results for various alternatives and course of actions. It is a stochastic data-driven model that supports Monte Carlo simulation and statistical inference. Scenarios, force structure, terrain, and weapon systems are described in input data. Significant elements and effectiveness data, including surface-to-air, air-to-air, and air-to-ground methodologies, are developed using an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Combat Effectiveness & Vulnerability Analysis Branch (EZJA) pedigree process that incorporates calibrated lower-level results obtained using other AFSAT models (e.g., ESAMS, SUPPRESSOR, and BRAWLER). THUNDER’s ground war combat results were derived from deterministic play of Center for Army Analysis (CAA)-supplied data using the attrition calibration (ATCAL) process.
THUNDER’s primary objective is to support senior decision-makers in the policy, acquisition, and operational communities when they consider issues involving the utility and effectiveness of air and space power in a joint warfighting context. Support for these customers usually requires a high degree of responsiveness in terms of analytical focus and turn-around time for results. AFLCMC/EZJA is the model manger and performs model development and maintenance. Thunder has an established Configuration Control Board (CCB) to approve model development activities.
THUNDER enables users to:
- Analyze the capabilities and impact of air and space systems operating in a joint battle space involving U.S., allied, and threat forces and their relative contributions to theater-level outcomes.
- Explore issues of readiness, modernization, force structure, and sustainability.
- Compare alternative courses of action.
- Provide insights into future military strategies and evolving operational concepts.
- Very high. THUNDER is the Air Force’s most used theater-level analytical campaign simulation for analyses of alternatives (AoAs) and other acquisition studies.
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