8th “Modelling and Simulation as a Service (MSaaS): Rapid deployment of interoperable and credible simulation environments” (NATO MSG-136) meeting in Rome

From 20th to 24th February 2017, the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence (M&S COE) hosted the meeting of the NATO Science & Technology Organisation (STO) /NATO Modelling & Simulation Group MSG-136 “Modelling and Simulation as a Service (MSaaS): Rapid deployment of interoperable and credible simulation environments”. In accordance to the agreed definition, M&SaaS is a means of delivering M&S applications, capabilities and associated data on demand by providers to consumers. MSG-136 objectives are to investigate, propose and evaluate standards, agreements, architectures, implementations, and cost-benefit analysis of Modelling and Simulation (M&S) as a Service (MSaaS) approaches. Specifically, with regards to evaluating the use of M&S domain services to improve simulation interoperability and credibility, and to analysing the organizational M&S services perspective to establish a sustainable and efficient management of M&S services in NATO. MSG-136 attendees performed the development of the first complete draft of MSaaS Operational Concept Document (OCD) as well as MSaaS Governance Concept (AMSP-02), together with the planning of the future and final demo activities to be run in the end of september at the NATO CAX Forum 17 in Florence, Italy and in the end of november at Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education (IITSEC) 2017 in Orlando, USA.