What is it? Located in Indiana, the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) is a self-contained training environment. This 974-acre site was turned over to the Indiana National Guard in July 2005 and has been evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training center.
Units training at MUTC have access to a 180-acre reservoir and urban infrastructure consisting of 68 major buildings including a school, hospital, dormitories, light industrial structures, single family dwellings, a dining facility, and administrative buildings totaling approximately 850,000 square feet of floor space. Additionally the training area includes an extensive underground utility tunnel system and over 9 miles of roads and streets. The training buildings are concentrated in a tight geographical area to simulate urban density.
MUTC is a consortium of governmental, public, and private entities that are pooling their unique capabilities in order to provide the most realistic training experience possible. Training can be tailored to replicate both foreign and domestic scenarios and can be used by various civilian and military organizations.
In its first year of operation the facilities at MUTC were used by over 19,000 trainees from military, government, and private agencies. This included National Guard troops, firefighters, police officers, and other first responders. Training is used in two ways: to help prepare Soldiers to fight in foreign cities and to help prepare Soldiers and others to deal with the aftermath of attacks on U.S. cities.
What has the Army done? Over 13,000 Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve Soldiers have been trained at MUTC. The Army National Guard trained at the site during the exportable Training Capability Exercise in July 2006. The Army has provided sustainment funds for FY 07 and FY 08 and begun the process of establishing the site as a recurring Army requirement.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? MUTC is continually expanding training capabilities for future needs. By 2008, the MUTC will train an estimated 40,000 troops at the urban warfare practice facility each year.
Indiana’s urban warfare practice grounds will receive a major upgrade over the FY 08-13 POM, with $100 million in MILCON, Operations and Maintenance, and Pay and Allowances. Gradually the MUTC will migrate from small exercises to large exercises (scheduled monthly).
The improvements will come in two phases. About $40 million will be spent on infrastructure and on shoring up the existing buildings (a few are nearly 100 years old). An additional $17 million will buy surveillance electronics that will allow experts to review trainee performances.
Much of the improvement money will go toward operating costs, expected to be about $7 million a year, with $1.5 million a year coming from state funds. Operating expenses include hiring civilians to dress as Arabs and participate in the scenarios.
Why is this important to the Army?
MUTC will provide the Army with an Advanced Complex Urban Operations training environment. This capability will better train units for ongoing operations in urban environments and will meet a growing need for urban training capability for future operations. MUTC will also provide a training environment which will support training for natural and man-made disaster response and consequence management.
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