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Master of Science


Department of Engineering Physics

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Steven T. Fiorino, PhD.


Yearly DoD spends millions of dollars on Modeling and Simulation tools in order to accomplish two fundamental tasks: make better decisions and develop better skills. Simulators that are based on realistic models enable the USAF to properly train, educate, and employ military forces. LEEDR is an atmospheric model based on worldwide historic weather data that is able to predict the extinction, absorption, and scattering of radiation across a broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Through this study LEEDR models the propagation of 1.0642 micron laser radiation at worldwide locations and through various environmental conditions. This modeled laser transmission output, based on realistic atmospheric and aerosol propagation effects, was correlated to simulated laser target lock-on ranges derived from a generic laser targeting pod. This correlated information was incorporated into The Air Force Research Laboratory’s XCITE Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) threat generation simulator. The simulated laser target lock-on ranges, correlated to realistic atmospheric propagation effects, increased the fidelity and realism inside the XCITE LVC threat generation environment providing users the opportunity to make better decisions and develop better skills.

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