Largest Warfare Exercise in a Decade Prepares Troops for a New Operational Landscape
Lockheed Martin Warfighters’ Simulation (WARSIM) technology was used to train more than 5,500 service personnel and civilians during the first full-scale land operations training exercise since 9-11.
Soldiers, sailors and airmen from all branches of the military participated in the 10-day event used to train the U.S. Army’s III Corps and supporting commands. Lockheed Martin’s simulation technology enabled a training environment for military personnel tasked with restoring power to a government facing invasion.
WARSIM, as part of the Army’s Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability (JLCCTC), is a suite of software and hardware that simulates the complex interactions of the battlefield. The system integrates ground, air, ballistic missile and intelligence models with mission command systems to provide a realistic training environment.
The Unified Land Operations Warfighter Exercise incorporated 17 units across the United States, with operations headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Leavenworth, Kan. As a multi-service effort, the exercise marked the first time U.S. Air Force’s suites of simulations were incorporated into the JLCCTC and WARSIM framework.
The scenario included more than 130,000 simulated organizations replicating the actions of Coalition forces, the civilian population and opposing forces during the full range of military operations – the largest scenario incorporated into WARSIM to date.
“III Corps continues to lead the Army during this transitional period by incorporating lessons learned from the last 10 years into our plans for future operational environments that might be different from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Commanding General for the III Corps and Fort Hood, in an Army statement. “III Corps’ primary focus is to remain an adaptive, flexible and responsive force that meets the needs of our joint force.”
“Lockheed Martin develops the WARSIM environment to evolve along with the landscape of war for realistic training,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics business. “To keep training cost-effective, we’ve increased the scalability of the program for use across services and locations.”
WARSIM enhancements released for the III Corps training exercise include more automation and increased realism of the intelligence presented to analysts and staff for battlefield analysis training.
Lockheed Martin’s WARSIM and the WARSIM intelligence model are fully integrated with other systems for the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation’s JLCCTC effort. JLCCTC provides unit commanders and their battle staff with a constructive environment for large-scale training.