Information Papers

Live, Virtual, Constructive Integrating Architecture and Infrastructure

What is it?
The Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Plan for Training Transformation, Goal #2, directs that the Army “provide a Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) by building a Live, Virtual, and Constructive Training Environment (TE).” The Army’s proposed live, virtual, constructive (LVC) integrating architecture and infrastructure (LVC-IA) meets this requirement in integrating current and future LVC systems that simulate battle command systems for training and mission rehearsals. LVC-IA also allows current and future Army units to train and operate in a networked battle command environment.

What has the Army done?
The Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) validated the LVC-IA Initial Capabilities Document (ICD) with a Joint Potential Designator (JPD) of “JROC Interest” on July 18, 2005. The Department of the Army G-3\5\7 approved the LVC-IA ICD on July 28, 2005, and assigned it a Catalog of Approved Requirements Document number of 2520. The draft of the LVC-IA and Infrastructure Capability Development Document (CDD) completed staffing on Nov. 7, 2007. The Increment 1 Draft CDD is now ready for submission to Army’s G-3/5/7 for inclusion in the FY10 to FY15 program objective memorandum.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The National Simulation Center (NSC) has the lead to determine the near-term requirements and infrastructure for an LVC-TE at Fort Bliss, Texas. Army leadership has set a date of 2016 for the realization of an integrated LVC-TE, and they expect limited near-term solutions to bridge unit/leader training requirements while that LVC-TE undergoes formal development.

Why is this important to the Army?
Army leadership has expressed an immediate need for an integrated LVC-TE that will allow Soldiers to train for full-spectrum operations. In response, the NSC is using a developmental approach that leverages existing LVC systems with high potential for integration to provide near-term mission rehearsal and training capability to units, as well as to inform the way ahead for the LVC-IA. This approach enhances Army interoperability, while supporting the goal of an Army/Joint near-seamless LVC-TE to satisfy both the near-term and the long-range training requirements.