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The Army National Guard (ARNG) Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC)

What is it?
Located in Indiana, the MUTC is an emerging training environment. Indiana turned over this 974-acre site to the Indiana National Guard in July 2005 and MUTC is evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training center.

Units training at MUTC have access to a 180-acre reservoir and urban infrastructure with 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 more than nine miles of roads and streets. The training buildings are concentrated in a tight geographical area to simulate urban density.

The 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 to achieve customized training objectives.

In its first year of operation the facilities at MUTC were used by approximately 19,000 trainees from military, government, and private agencies. This included National Guard Soldiers, firefighters, police officers, and other first responders. Training is used in two ways. First it helps prepare Soldiers to fight in foreign cities and, second, to help prepare Soldiers and others to cope with the aftermath of attacks on U.S. cities. The MUTC offers a unique platform for exercise capabilities in both contingency and consequence management scenarios.

What has the ARNG done?
More than 13,000 Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve Soldiers have been trained at MUTC. The ARNG trained at the site during the exportable Training Capability Exercise in July 2006. The Army provided sustainment funds for FY07 and FY08 and is exploring validation to establish the site as a recurring Army requirement.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
The MUTC is continually expanding training capabilities for future needs. The MUTC will soon train an estimated 40,000 troops at the urban warfare training facility each year.

Indiana’s urban warfare training center will receive a major upgrade through the FY08-13 Program Objective Memorandum, with $100 Million in military construction, operations and maintenance, and pay and allowances. The MUTC will migrate from small exercises to large exercises.

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 participant's performance.

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 the State of Indiana operational funds. The expenses include hiring contractors to simulate combatants during training scenarios.

Why is this important to the Army?
The MUTC provides the Army with an advanced complex urban operations training environment. This capability facilitates preparing units for ongoing operations in urban environments and will meet a growing need for urban training capability for future operations. The MUTC will also provide an environment which will support training for natural and man-made disaster response and consequence management.

 
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