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Distributed Simulation - A Necessity or Ivory Tower Research?



Charles R. McLean


There is a growing need for the nation to be better prepared to deal with both man-made and natural disasters. The responses to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina are strong evidence of this need. Effective emergency response presents a number of challenges to the federal, state, and local government agencies. First responders and incident management personnel need better planning and training resources to prepare for future incidents. One major challenge is the lack of time and opportunities to train the emergency responders and decision makers to handle emergencies. Another challenge is the variety of different types of disaster scenarios that must be dealt with. Yet another is the complexity of organizations and systems affected by and involved in responding to disasters, see the National Incident Management System (NIMS 2004) and the National Response Plan (NRP 2006).
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference 2007
Conference Dates
December 11-13, 2007
Conference Location
Washington, DC


distributed simulation, emergency response, incident management, simulation-based training


McLean, C. (2007), Distributed Simulation - A Necessity or Ivory Tower Research?, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference 2007, Washington, DC, [online], (Accessed April 25, 2024)
Created August 1, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017