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Best Practices for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) for Homeland Security Applications



Sanjay Jain, Charles McLean


This report recommends best practices for development and deployment of modeling, simulation and analysis (MS&A) tools for homeland security applications. The set of recommended practices applicable to any MS&A application includes: modeling practice, software engineering practice/ software reliability, model confidence/ verification, validation and accreditation, standards, interoperability, user friendliness and accessibility, performance, and innovative and unique elements. The recommended practices are discussed with respect to the MS&A application types for DHS that include: analysis and decision support, systems engineering and acquisition, planning and operations, and, training. The practices are also discussed with respect to MS&A application domains relevant to DHS.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7655
Report Number


Modeling, Simulation, Analysis, Homeland security, Best practices


Jain, S. and McLean, C. (2011), Best Practices for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis (MS&A) for Homeland Security Applications, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created March 2, 2011, Updated November 10, 2018