Rehearsing Real-World Decisions in a Virtual World
When lives are at stake, second guessing is not an option. Formulating a strategy, anticipating an opponent’s next move and adapting to the ever-evolving battlespace are requirements for mission success.
The U.S. Army wants to do exactly that by using an integrated approach to train commanders and their staff in an operationally-relevant simulated environment. And it awarded Lockheed Martin an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract worth up to $146 million over the next five years to develop it.
For the Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability (JLCCTC), Lockheed Martin will integrate seven command and battle staff training tools into a single simulation-based system. JLCCTC will support Army, joint and coalition training exercises.
JLCCTC will simulate actions of enemy and friendly forces in complex operational scenarios allowing commanders and their staff to hone their strategic decision-making skills before they enter the operational environment.
“Integrating seven training components provides sustainment cost savings and makes it easier and faster to generate training scenarios,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions for Lockheed Martin. “We’ve designed JLCCTC to be adaptable and modular to change along with training needs.”
As part of the Army’s Integrated Training Environment, JLCCTC provides constructive training that will be combined with live and virtual training elements. In a constructive training environment, users interact with a virtual world that’s similar to playing a game of computer-based chess where the invisible opponent responds to the actions of the human player. But JLCCTC is no game – the preparation that results from this training will develop critical skills for commanders and their staff, while also reducing costs.
Lockheed Martin has provided constructive training for years through the Warfighters’ Simulation (WARSIM) technology, which is one of the seven systems that will be integrated into JLCCTC. In 2012, WARSIM supported 14 exercises and trained more than 22,000 commanders and their staff.
“JLCCTC will provide the affordability, agility and innovation that the Army is looking for while training commanders to be strategic and decisive amid the chaos of battle,” said Weitzel.
Posted on April 3, 2013