Proponents of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) have long recognized the benefits of the common sense application of standards to M&S development and execution. Standards can greatly enhance our ability to reduce costs through reuse and interoperability; improve credibility by establishing a framework for acquiring models, simulations, and data; and provide a common thread for achieving consistency across a spectrum of M&S solutions. The Navy Modeling and Simulation Management Office (OPNAV N6M) is sponsoring a project to promote the use of M&S Standards across the Department of Navy. Their vision is to advocate a common set of standards and best practices to apply to Department of Navy models, simulations, and data; as well as identify supporting protocols, techniques and processes. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the Navy’s M&S standards development process and to identify new opportunities to develop and promote M&S Standards across the DoD and industry M&S communities. We will specifically address the project’s organizational structure, nomination and evaluation processes, and outreach strategies.

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