DARPA Wants a REAL War Sim – BAE to Oblige
BAE Systems has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for Phase 1 of the Integrated Battle Command (IBC) Program. The IBC Program will provide military commanders a comprehensive suite of software tools that are intended to help commanders and their staff understand the political, military, economic, social, information and infrastructure (PMESII) effects of various potential courses of action. BAE will work with DARPA, the Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) and U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). “The program will provide new tools to aid commanders in planning strategic effects-based campaigns,” said Dr. Nils R. Sandell, Jr., BAE Systems vice president and general manager for Advanced Information Technologies (AIT). See corproate release.
We hate to burst their bubble, but the idea isn’t new. A truly hilarious set of specifications can be found in “I Want A Real War Sim.” It includes numerous screen shots, and features Sean Penn, orphanages, CIA field agents, Starcraft monsters, ass-covering doublespeak – et bien sur, France – as it builds inexorably toward the Nicholsonesque rant at the end. Warning: Do not drink liquids in front of your computer monitor while reading this one.