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Training Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Operations Integration Center (TCOIC)

What is it?
In late 2007, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), in coordination with the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), established the TCOIC. The TCOIC trains units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan to master the attack the network (ATN) tools in order to defeat IEDs.

What has the Army done?
Through training at home station, schools, and the Army's Combat Training Centers (CTC), the TCOIC ensures that units are aware of and can access the Counter-IED Operations Integration Center's (COIC) capabilities prior to deployment. Through the operational integration of training, intelligence analysis, and technology, the TCOIC enables units to employ Army, Joint and interagency capabilities to conduct operations to defeat IED networks and other emerging asymmetric threats. In addition, the TCOICs' Systems Integration, Modeling and Simulation Directorate rapidly replicates IED events from Iraq and Afghanistan for use in the unit, school, and self-development training domains. Using this innovative approach, units can, prior to deployment, access realistic and near real-time interactive three dimensional simulations of actual IED events. Units use these visualization and training solutions to learn the most recent tactics, techniques, and procedures and to develop a critical understanding of an ever-changing wartime environment. Not only do these products greatly enhance training regimens, they ultimately save lives.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army and TRADOC will continue to develop capabilities housed in the TCOIC, including an operations laboratory that tests new ATN concepts and capabilities. The COIC reach back process will be institutionalized via integration at schools, home stations, and CTCs. The TCOIC's current training capability will be expanded to include non-combat units and other Services. Based on the needs of units and organizations, the TCOIC will continue to conduct focused mobile training in support of the Joint community, Service schools, and the Army. The TCOIC will be fully capable in 2009 to meet the training requirements of every Corps, Division, Brigade Combat Team (BCT), and non-BCT brigades preparing for deployment.

Why is this important to the Army?
Overseas Contingency Operations and analysis of future complex operational environments confirm that the Army requires a capability within its units to aid the commander and staff to identify and quickly adapt to new and unanticipated challenges and opportunities. The TCOIC's ability to leverage focused resources within the U.S. provides valuable training for Soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a practice that will assist not only in today's fight, but in tomorrow's as well. Using the JIEDDO's vast store of operational information in conjunction with the COIC's immediate access to real-time developments in theater allows the TCOIC to rapidly inject operational ATN advances into the Army's schools and CTCs. Finally, the TCOIC employs an enterprise approach to partnership, engaging government, industry and academic experts to analyze emerging threats and to create innovative solutions.

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