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Integrated Training Environment to Link Training Tools Systems

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Constant deployments build exceptional tactical leaders, but wars are not won on tactical success (alone). So you've got to build leaders for the future, too."

- Col. Chris Robertson, director of the Officer Personnel Management System Task Force, is working to devise a system that will help officers develop broad talents for the future

Task force aims to 'broaden' officers, manage talents

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"The really good news is that society; the Army and the academy have overcome. My daughter was commissioned in the Army a year ago and she is not a female lieutenant, she is a lieutenant."

- Lt. Col. Brigid Lester (Retd.), West Point class of 1980 and now an engineer with National Oilwell Varco in Austin, Texas, commending the fact that more than 100 more women are expected to graduate from West Point

West Point to graduate 30th coed class

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May 2010

Mental Health Month

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Integrated Training Environment to Link Training Tools Systems

What is it?

The Army's Integrated Training Environment (ITE) will link selected training aids, devices, simulators and simulations (TADSS); infrastructure; Battle Command/Knowledge Management (BC/KM) systems; and a training scenario framework. The ITE will help prepare Soldiers for full spectrum operations by approximating operational environment (OE) conditions in the three training domains: operational, institutional and self-development. The ITE will help leaders, trainers, and educators close training and educational gaps better than separate live, virtual or constructive training environments.

What has the Army done?

Since 2002, the Army has been working to establish the ITE to enable more effective, efficient training in the resource-constrained ARFORGEN process. The ITE gained traction in October 2009, when the Live, Virtual, Constructive Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA) became a funded program of record (POR). Viewed as the "engine" of the ITE, the Integrating Architecture is the standards, protocols and design criteria that enable systems to communicate without excessive numbers of operators (low overhead), work-arounds and specially designed computers. Additionally, the deputy commanding general, Combined Arms Center-Training, established an Army ITE Coordinating Staff in January 2010 to help him coordinate and synchronize ITE development and fielding.

What does the Army have planned?

The Army plans to match LVC-IA with training infrastructure such as TADSS, land, ranges, Battle Command Training Capabilities and the Framework for Army Training and Education (training support packages, databases and common scenarios) to provide ITE core capabilities to 12 installations by fiscal year (FY) 16. These installations are Fort Bliss, N.M., Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Ky. (FY 12); Fort Drum, N.Y., Garrison-Hawaii and Fort Stewart, Ga. (FY 13); Fort Riley, Kansas, Fort Carson, Co., and Korea (FY14); and Fort Lewis, Wash., Fort Bragg, N.C., and Germany (FY 15). In subsequent phases, the Army will push ITE capabilities to other operational domain installations and to the institutional and self-development domains.

Why is this important to the Army?

The ITE will provide unique capabilities, essentially enabling full spectrum operations training at home station. The ITE will expand the training environment, allowing commanders to seamlessly link TADSS with BC/KM systems to allow realistic mission command training at all levels. Additionally, the ITE will offer refined after-action reviews (AAR) for better training feedback. Training will be less resource-intensive, allowing commanders to replicate a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multi-national training environment at home station. The persistent learning capability will enable Soldiers, leaders and civilians to learn and sustain skills 24/7 anywhere in the world. The ITE will greatly enhance the Army's ability to prepare mission-ready Soldiers, civilians and organizations.

Resources:

Combined Arms Center-Training Web site

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