At SPA, we have developed over 100 custom software tools, purpose-built to aid objective analysis. We understand the pressures our clients face to ensure the safety and security of our Nation. To support our clients’ interests, we take their mission on as if it were our own, working to understand their priorities, constraints, and goals. The foundation of our software development process is our value-added, deliberate, data-centric design methodology blended with our scalable delivery approach. This approach enables us to create the right software tools for our clients, in the right amount of time – tools that evaluate and address the unique aspects of our clients’ priorities and challenges.
Here is a selected list of the tools we have developed and use for client support:
Please see gallery below for description of software tools
The GCAM software suite is our proprietary stochastic modeling and simulation environment. Using GCAM simulation software, SPA’s analysts configure applications that provide clients the flexibility to examine system-level interactions and behaviors across a spectrum of trades, while also accounting for real-world uncertainties. GCAM simulation software informs our clients most strategic decisions with tailored simulations that result in objective evidence and defendable analysis.
The Fast and Objective Risk, Cost, and Schedule Technique (FORCAST) allows clients to address critical national security decisions with high levels of uncertainty and limited historical data. FORCAST’s unique expert elicitation approach reduces cognitive biases and helps decision makers understand cost and schedule options.
The Cluster Analysis Tool for Critical Homeland Infrastructure (CATCH) quickly identifies our Nation’s most essential infrastructure assets within a given hazard area. Whether confronted with a hurricane track forecast, a wildfire danger zone, or an earthquake prone region, CATCH helps decision-makers quickly prioritize the national and economic activity clusters in any area of the United States.
The Weapon System Sustainment and Deployment Model (WSSDM) evaluates acquisition and deployment strategies that affect operational availability of the Nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). An integer programming optimization tool, WSSDM helps our Nation’s nuclear arsenal remain a credible deterrent even during challenging recapitalization campaigns.
SPA’s Inventory Decision Support Process (IDSP), developed by Veracity Forecasting Group, brings prescriptive analytics to fleet management. Leveraging advanced modeling and simulation techniques, data science fundamentals, and a full suite of decision support tools and processes, IDSP enhances our clients’ ability to plan and manage assets
SPA’s Kill Chain Analysis Tool (KCAT) and Kill Chain Analysis Results Display System (KCARDS) allows analysts to deliver operational and technical analysis of current and projected military capability mismatches and helps SPA’s clients avoid strategic surprise.
SPA’s Force Structure Analysis Tool (FORSAT) enables global planning analyses to consider crisis response and forward presence alternatives. Built on SPA’s unique GCAM modeling and simulation software, FORSAT has been enabling force structure analysis in a wide variety of different geopolitical environments.
The Coordinated Optimization and Simulation Model for Operational Scheduling (COSMOS) uses mathematical optimization and Monte Carlo simulation to create and evaluate deployment schedules for high demand/low density asset forces. These schedules enable detailed planning and analysis under the reality that unexpected schedule disruptions do occur. This model is used for planning efforts that require decades of foresight and daily flexibility.
The Critical Component Inventory Model (CCIM) determines and defends minimum inventory levels for components and assemblies critical to national security. Given the unique production characteristics and supply chains for these critical components, SPA’s CCIM tool accounts for potentially long lead times and resilient inventory requirements.
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