quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow for Defense James Hasik on new computer simulation software that determines vehicle combat readiness: 

Computer simulations could be a “middle ground” to lessen the number of prototypes needed and battlefield testing, said analyst Jim Hasik with the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan international affairs think tank in Washington, D.C.

Still, there will always be a need for real-world testing and feedback from vehicle users. UW-Madison engineers plan to conduct physical experiments, in addition to simulations, to demonstrate things like how a wheel moves in sand.

“It will be quite a while before simulation replaces, to a great degree, field testing,” Hasik said.

“You still have to run vehicles up and down hills, through sand, and try to sink them in the mud. I think that’s important,” he said.

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