Metron develops and applies state-of-the art capabilities for the modeling and simulation of communication systems and networks.

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Since its founding, Metron has been a leader in the development and application of communication and network modeling and simulation tools.

Communication and Network Modeling and Simulation

Our suite includes custom-designed analysis tools that employ state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to predict and assess the performance of complex networks and communications architectures.

Metron is also a world leader in the development of cyber network analysis tools capable of analyzing networks with hundreds of individual nodes, thousands of users, and tens of thousands of applications. These event-driven models include Red and Blue cyber actors carrying out sequences of detectable and preventable host and network events. These events can improve the cyber situational awareness (SA) of the actor or result in changes to the host and network state.

Cyberthreat Modeling and Simulation

Modern forces increasingly rely on networks and information processing. Metron is a pioneer in techniques for evaluating command and control, computers, and the architectures that are used to integrate all components. Classic mission-level analysis focused on platform level sensing and engagement, and worked well to evaluate the capabilities of Cold War era platforms and tactics. However, these techniques do not scale to analyze the complex network interactions of platforms and military techniques of the 21st century. Metron developed the first ever object-oriented network system for the US Navy, used for classified analyses, in the early 1990s and has refined our methods over multiple generations of models. Examples of early work in analyzing network effects can be found in Alberts – Network Centric Warfare.

Our potential adversaries have also evolved their methods, developing techniques to degrade our information advantages through cyber, electronic warfare, and directly targeting US infrastructure. In recent years we have developed new approaches and models for evaluating adversary capabilities against our networks, as well assisting the nation in developing adequate defenses and countermeasures. In the past 5 years we have conducted several Congressional studies aimed at identifying and closing gaps in our network and cyber security.

Metron analysts perform rigorous system-of-systems engineering (SoSE) capability assessments, linking top-down requirements to individual program elements, across terrestrial and space-based communications networks.

Capabilities

Our tools:

  • provide detailed near real-time analysis of network traffic and bandwidth utilization
  • assess the state of a network’s security due to personnel, policy, or technology
  • enable analysts to quantify changes on the security posture of any network or collection of networks
  • model individual platforms, weapons, sensors, command, control, & communications (C3) systems, and the responsive tactical decision-making of commanders
  • analyze and predict how various JTIDS messaging nodes will interact at the individual message level and quantify the impact of interoperability / non-compliance issues
  • evaluate the impact of incremental changes to communications and network capability/capacity on top-level warfighting effectiveness measures of effectiveness (MOEs) in an operationally relevant crisis response scenario
Metron tools are created to easily ingest data from a wide range of sources and output information in ways that help leaders make and defend their decisions.

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Emily Jasien

my role at metron

Communication and Network
Analyst

my metron Experience

As an analyst at Metron I use Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to aid in the analysis of difficult problems through the use of in-house simulation tools. I support various efforts for the Navy and Air Force and utilize my background in Applied Mathematics to provide quantitative rigor to these efforts alongside my fellow Metron team members.

Metronite since

2017

Division

Operations Research and Cyber Analysis (ORCA)

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Metron Careers

Modeling and Simulation Career Opportunities

Metron technical experts develop state-of-the-art modeling and simulation tools used by the Department of Defense for planning, budgeting, and wargaming. Join the team that has been an expert and vital partner in this field for over 25 years.

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