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Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) Integrated Training Environment (ITE)

What is it?
The LVC-ITE ensures LVC training aids, devices, simulators, and simulations (TADDS) and embedded training systems are mutually compatibleso that they can communicate with each other. Commanders and their staffs must be able to conduct LVC training exercises and mission planning and rehearsals that are so realistic that they cannot tell if the information they are receiving is real or simulated. These integrated simulations will provide a capability by which commanders, units, and individuals can obtain information on demand from Army and Joint battle command systems and gaming tools. The LVC-ITE will eventually replace the current system that requires the LVC environments to be linked using work-arounds and black boxes. The LVC-ITE will allow commanders to train multiple scenarios, under various conditions, using a flexible crawl-walk-run training methodology.

What has the Army done?
The LVC-ITE will be enabled by the LVC- Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA). The LVC-IA, at its most basic level, provides the standards and protocols that allow the LVC systems to communicate without workarounds or black boxes. The Joint Requirements Oversight Council approved the LVC-IA Capabilities Production Document as part of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System process. The LVC-IA acquisition will incrementally link the five LVC pillars: live environment, virtual environment, constructive environment, the installations training infrastructure, and battle command systems. The end state will be a training environment that seamlessly and realistically replicates operational environments at any point on the spectrum of conflict and in any operational theme to help develop agile leaders and units with full spectrum capabilities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will field the LVC-ITE in three increments. The first fielding in FY12, followed by two more in FY14 and FY16. The LVC-ITE should be fully operational by FY16. The LVC-IA increment one calls for the integration of the following systems: Home Station Instrumentation Training System (Live); Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer, Close Combat Tactical Trainer, and Call for Fire Trainer (Virtual), Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability, one Semi-automated Forces (Constructive), and the Army Battle Command System. Increment one focuses on training a single Heavy Brigade Combat Team at home station with the Battle Command Training Capability (formerly the Battle Simulation Center) as the hub for integrating the three training environments and battle command systems. Increments two and three will add to these capabilities until a division is capable of conducting a realistic LVC-ITE exercise.

Why is this important to the Army?
The LVC-ITE will facilitate more realistic, effective, and efficient training and significantly reduce the cost of each exercise or mission planning and rehearsal drill. The combination of LVC training enablers helps raise the proficiency level of units and reduces the time and resources required for live-only training. This training environment raises leader and unit proficiency so they enter live training at a much higher levelsaving time and other resources since they can achieve the standard more quickly. Commanders will be able to determine the right mix of live, virtual, and constructive based on the training objectives and resource availability, and still not sacrifice realism in the training.

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