The metrics of military ops: Real-time dashboards with Command PE

May 14, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

On our recent Command-PE users conference in Dayton, one of the questions asked was about Command’s ability to present the information it outputs in a format that is immediately query-able so as to be presentable in real-time displays, dashboards etc. We replied that it was certainly feasible, and this is such an example.

Command-PE offers the ability to output various scenario state data and transient events such as unit positions and movements, the discrete kill-chain steps (from initial contact detection all the way to eventual kill confirmation and removal), weapon launches and engagements, fuel consumption and transfer etc. The information can be exported to a number of formats, some of which can be queried on-the-fly to populate visualizers, graphs etc.

In this example, we are running the popular “South China Clash” scenario and wish to visualize the fluctuations in fuel consumption. So we modify the configuration file to export this information to an SQLite database, which we will concurrently poll from a very simple line-chart applet (the “Fuel Tracker” window on the bottom left). SQLite is a good selection for such a scenario as it combines high insertion throughput (it can even operate in in-memory mode for even greater speed) with minimal setup hassle (no need to install a database server).

 

Notice the changes in aviation fuel consumption as several F/A-18Es are ordered to launch, then given a course to follow (ie. throttle goes from loiter to cruise), ordered to go to afterburner and finally ordered to return to base.

This is a deliberately very simple example, as the dashboard applet may be further tweaked to display all the other types of information that Command-PE is able to output.

Export to SQLite and MS SQL-Server is included on the next Command-PE update release.

Command LIVE: Commonwealth Collision is out!

May 10, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Available now at Matrix Games and Steam

Command LIVE: Commonwealth Collision announced

May 3, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Product page at Matrix Games and Steam

Baltic brawls, WW3 scuffles and regional hotspots: Fourteen new Command scenarios available

March 26, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Miguel Molina has released the updated version of the Command community scenario pack. In addition to updated and refresh versions of existing works, the new release includes fourteen new scenarios:


  • STANAVFORLANT Gets To Work (1969): In the late 1960s the Soviet Union has become more aggressive in promoting the interests of its client states around the world. Reliable intelligence exists that equipment necessary for chemical and biological weapons is being moved from the Soviet Union to Iraq. A Russian task force headed for the Atlantic is centered around cargo and science vessels carrying equipment that will help Iraq develop a biological weapons program. The main NATO vessels in the area are the ships of STANAVFORLANT.
  • Forging On (1986): The Soviets have attempted a decidedly unconventional naval operation in a World War III, involving a landing on Thailand and a use of a VSTOL carrier. An outmatched Thai Air Force struggles to respond.
  • Four Ships Near Demon Point (1988): Two American and two Soviet ships find themselves stalking each other near the South Sandwich Islands, when abruptly World War III breaks out.
  • Karachi Blockade (2020): Following small clashes with Chinese and Pakistani navies in the Indian Ocean, India have sent a task-force in front of major Pakistani port of Karachi to stop any reinforcement and supplies from East and Muslim allies. Pakistani navy and air force are tasked to remove the Indian blockade.
  • Liancourt Rocks Conflict (2018): Japan and South Korea have disputed territorial rights of Liancourt Rocks for many years. The South Korean government suddenly declared that South Korea possesed the islets and started expanding military institutions in August 2018. That measure offended the Japanese government and the tension between the two countries grew up. The Japanese government commanded to occupy Liancourt Rocks right away, and the both countries opened military operations. However, UN Security Coucil has already begun to mediate between the two countries, so military operations are permitted only for 24 hours.
  • Senkaku Crisis (2010): A Chinese trawler which was operating in disputed waters collided with Japanese Coast Guard patrol boats near Senkaku Islands. The Japanese government commanded to capture the trowler and its crew. The measure offended the Chinese government harshly, and the tension between the two countries has grown. However, the UN Security council has already begun to mediate between the two countries, so military operations are permitted only for 12 hours.
  • Navaga Deterrence (1986): You are Captain of K-426, a Project 667A (Yankee-class) SSBN of the Red Banner Northern Fleet: your mission is to patrol on station and be ready to fire your sixteen R-27 liquid-fueled ballistic missiles on order from Moscow. However, your boat is noisy, your sonar is poor and you need to operate in America’s front yard because of the short-range of your not-at-all intercontinental-capable missiles.
  • Northern Fury #31 – Shield Of Faith (1994): Strike Fleet Atlantic (STRIKFLTLANT) is now in the second phase of its counter attack in the Atlantic. Fighting on Iceland continues but 2 MEF believes that they will have the island clear within the week. The scramble is on to reinforce Norway so that Oslo does not become the third NATO capital to fall in as many weeks. The Soviets have shown strong indications of a renewed attack towards Oslo and we need to reinforce southern Norway in time to stop them. Your job in this scenario will be to manage that reinforcement while protecting some very vulnerable HVU (High Value Units). Time and space are not your friends in this scenario, it’s a race against the clock and the geography surrounding the North Sea is much more limited then that of the North Atlantic, reducing reaction time significantly. Overcrowding of air bases is also an issue – lets hope this all stays nice and non-nuclear!
  • Northern Fury #42 – Blast From The Past (1994):  Commander STRIKFLTLANT has set in motion a series of attacks designed set up the conditions for upcoming amphibious operations in central Norway. Tonight’s activity is aimed at deceiving him as to where that operation will be. You are commanding the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) Task Group and are charged with destroying several coastal fortress that were built by the Norwegians to fend off an attack from the sea. The Soviets are now manning these guns and have expended a reasonable amount of ammunition to become proficient with them. You also need to insert a Special Forces team undetected into the mountains near the Swedish border – but most of all you need to convince the Soviets that NATO is very interested in this area.
  • BALTAP – Break Through The Sound (1963): A Soviet Task Group of cruisers, destroyers and frigates tries to break out through The Sound (Oeresund) from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea.
    The breakthrough of Soviet Naval Forces through Sound and Belts from the Baltic to North Sea was a standard scenario for Danish German navies during the cold war era.
  • BALTAP – Hunting In Skagerrak (1983): In 1983 a Soviet task group travelling from the Baltic to the North Sea should be stopped by Norwegian forces. Only two small subs and five MTBs are available against the heavily protected task group.
  • BALTAP – Minesweeping Kiel Bight (1983): The Soviets started an attack by surprise. They took Bornholm and their air force is currently attacking Zealand. No major naval surface combatants involved in this offensive so far. Heavy air raids are expected on all military bases in Northern Germany. Germany’s fleet in the Baltic has to be dislocated from their naval bases to designated CSPs in Kattegat north of Danish Islands. Your mission will be to evacuate the ships from their harbors through possible minefields and protect them from air raids and sub attacks.
  • BALTAP – Representatives Schnellbootlage – 10 years later (1980): In 1967 the Federal German Navy played a wargame to evaluate the cost-value ratio of the planned modernisation of “Zobel Class” (Type 142) FPB’s to “Type 142A” (upgrade with M-20 fire-control radar and DM2A1 wire-guided torpedos). This study also showed how the operational situation of FPBs in the Baltic was assesed by the experts of the Navy. This scenario plays 10 years later in February 1980 with the new and upgraded FPBs which were in service at the time.
  • Black Moon Sailing (2014): This scenario assumes that a Turkey, increasingly estranged from Israel, is openly supporting the Palestinians.  The merchant vessels are believed to be used for more than humanitarian aid, however, and Israel has decided it must take action.

As always, the community scenario pack is available for download from the Command downloads page: http://www.warfaresims.com/?page_id=1876 . The complete pack will also become subsequently available for download on the Command workshop on Steam.

The Silent Service is here!

March 1, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Get it at MATRIX GAMES or STEAM
The scenarios of The Silent Service – Part 1
The scenarios of The Silent Service – Part 2
Companion to The Silent Service: The v1.14 update
 

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