Training Brain Injects Complexity of operational environment into Army training
October 12, 2011
After years of combat operations in an unpredictable, complex and changing operational environment, or OE, the Army is working to replicate those conditions through its Training Brain Enterprise.
The Training and Doctrine Command demonstrated the capabilities of the Training Brain Oct. 12 at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
According to Jim Slavin, Training Brain Operations Center director, the Training Brain currently supports 11 common scenario frameworks, replicating operating environments ranging from humanity assistance to full-spectrum operations. These scenarios are populated with relevant data, closely mimicking operational conditions on the ground.
Slavin also said work is underway to create a-scenario-generator tool kit, which will allow institutions and home stations to rapidly generate a training environment that includes the complexities of the operational environment.
Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general of the U.S. Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence, said that if a unit is at home station, no matter the physical location, the common framework of scenarios allows that unit to overlay the terrain of their future deployment area.
"You take real world data, overlay it on (your home station) terrain, and then your folks every day are training and practicing with the complications they'll face for real," Brown said. "You have to have that base of complexity. It's making the scrimmage as hard as the game."
Lt. Gen. John Bednarek, commanding general of the First United States Army, expressed similar sentiments.
"Your physical location doesn't matter," Bednarek said. "It's not what you own, it's what you can leverage."
For more information, contact the Training Brain Operations Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.