Information Paper

The Use of Modeling and Simulation in the Planning of Attacks on Iraqi Chemical and Biological Warfare Targets

Information papers are reports of what we know today about military equipment and/or procedures used in the Gulf War of 1990-1991. This particular information paper provides the reader with background information on the use of modeling and simulation in the planning of air attacks against suspected chemical and biological weapons facilities in Iraq before and during the Gulf War air campaign from January 17 to February 24, 1991. This is an interim, not a final, paper. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the use of modeling and simulation as it relates to the Gulf War air campaign so that we may more accurately report it. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense


Last Update: February 23, 2000

Many veterans of the Gulf War have expressed concern that their unexplained illnesses may result from their experiences in that war. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense established a task force in June 1995 to investigate incidents and circumstances relating to possible causes. The Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996, and has continued to investigate topics related to reports of chemical warfare agent incidents.

To inform the public about the progress of these efforts, the Department of Defense publishes on the Internet and elsewhere accounts that may contribute to the discussion of possible causes of illnesses of Gulf War veterans, along with documentary evidence or personal testimony used in compiling the accounts. This information paper will aid in understanding the use of modeling and simulation in planning the Gulf War air campaign.




        A.  The USA Today Article
        B.  Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Capabilities
             1.  Modeling and Simulation Conducted During the Gulf War
             2.  Modeling and Simulation Capability Since the Gulf War

TAB A – Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Glossary

TAB B – Bibliography

TAB C – Modeling and Simulation


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