Magazine article National Defense

Army Solicits Industry for Simple, Scalable Training Technologies

Magazine article National Defense

Army Solicits Industry for Simple, Scalable Training Technologies

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Army officials in January laid out a wish list of what they would like to see in future simulation technologies, including straightforward systems that can train entire brigades and require fewer personnel to facilitate exercises.

More details on training, leadership development and education gaps will be forthcoming at a June industry day, said Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, then the deputy commanding general at the Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., during a panel at the Association of the US. Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition.

"Were not asking anybody to come and show us stuff. We're going to tell you what we need you to do," he told an audience of defense contractors.

The service is currently rolling out its integrated training environment, which links legacy simulators with other training technologies. The environment allows commanders to conduct complex exercises where troops learning on varied equipment and in different locations are a part of the same scenario. So far, the system has been fielded in five locations, and will eventually be deployed at 17 installations, Lundy said.

The next step will be the creation of a new capability called the future holistic training environment, he said.

"We're going to go away from having multiple environments - virtual, gaming, constructive - and go to one synthetic environment, make it more low-overhead and integrate the full operations process," he explained. This new system would allow a commander to "plan, prepare, execute and assess, [and] do everything in respect to training with a common operation picture. …

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