Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Counterproliferation Analysis and Planning System (CAPS)

active control room full of monitors and staff Since 1995, CAPS has provided military planners with an exceptional planning tool to conduct missions against facilities that support the production of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). CAPS may be accessed through any of the major classified military networks. Chosen in 1998 by then Secretary of Defense Cohen to be the preferred planning tool for use by U.S. Armed Forces to combat WMD, CAPS has played a significant role in supporting operations during the Kosovo conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. CAPS engineers provide in depth assessments of WMD facilities to include isolating critical nodes, assessing the potential for collateral damage from interdiction attempts, and quantifying those signatures that can reflect real time operations going on at selected sites. The engineering staff at CAPS also provides a daily technical reach-back capability that responds to requests for assistance from troops presently engaged in combat.

Conflict Simulation: JCATS and ACATS

For over thirty years, the Conflict Simulation Lab (CSL) has been supporting the U.S. military with high resolution and realistic simulation modelling. In the 1970s, the CSL created the Janus family of conflict simulations, which became the standard for the U.S. Army. Today, the CSL supports its Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS), sponsored by the U.S. Joint Forces Command. JCATS has become the most widely used conflict simulation in the Defense Department. Leveraging off the JCATS technology, the CSL has created another simulation called Advanced Combat and Tactical Simulation (ACATS), that creates a realistic virtual environment to train emergency responders for natural and manmade disasters.