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The Raytheon Non-Lethal Effects Crowd Behavior Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Test Bed Team received the 2009 National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) award in the analysis category for its lead systems integration work on urban operations simulation in support of the Joint Forces Command's Irregular Warfare Center.

The 2009 NTSA awards were presented at the M&S Congressional Leadership Summit on Feb. 2 in Norfolk, Va., by Reps. Randy Forbes and Robert Wittman of Virginia, and retired Rear Adm. Fred Lewis, president of the NTSA.

This ground-breaking test bed provides an opportunity to assess crowd reactions to non-lethal effects in different scenarios with a focus on development of realistic directed energy models, improved crowd behavior models and effective analysis tools.

The team members who executed the program represented all six Raytheon businesses: Stanley Allen, Dave Derrick, Hank Embleton, Bobby Francis, Steve Hansen, Dave King, Tina Gaumond, Sarah Law, John Price, Sean Ross, Steven Sheasby and Tom Shields.

Each year, NTSA awards are presented to individuals or teams from outside the U.S. Dept. of Defense for outstanding achievements in the development or application of models and simulations. Awards may be given for outstanding achievement in the specific M&S functional areas of training, analysis and acquisition, and for outstanding achievement in support of the overall M&S effort (cross-function). Individual awards may also be presented.

Founded in 1988 as a nonprofit organization, NTSA fosters communication regarding training, simulation, related support systems, procurement issues and policies. NTSA is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association.