FORT EUSTIS, Va. (June 20, 2014) -- Rapid technological changes make it imperative for new Army systems to become easier for Soldiers to learn and use.

That was a theme of a panel discussion at the Training and Education 2025 and Beyond Industry Forum, which brought together Army officials and defense industry representatives on June 18-19 at Fort Eustis.

The discussions provided industry representatives with an opportunity to understand the Army's training and education future needs so they can then provide new technologies to help the Army train and educate Soldiers.

New systems' functions range widely from logistics to weapons. While the new systems add capabilities, some are more complex.

"We need to examine ways for industry to help the Army deliver to Soldiers advanced systems that take less effort to learn, use and sustain," said Mark Mueller, director of the Training Support Analysis and Integration Division (TSAID), Fort Eustis.

Going forward the Army is looking for systems that:

• Decrease time required for Soldiers to execute technical training.

• Increase opportunity to execute complex collective training events.

• Increase realism and fidelity in the training environment.

• Decrease training costs, reduce overhead and develop immersive training capabilities.

Panelists also discussed how industry can use the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and the future Army Force 2025 Maneuvers to bring new technologies to the Army more quickly.

The NIE is held twice a year at Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., where Soldiers use current equipment and test emerging systems.

Panelists said the Army needs systems that:

• Develop training devices, which replicate complex operational environments for training and leader development at home stations.

• Replicate all operational environments to conduct training for joint, interagency and intergovernmental operations.

• Assess unit and Soldier training performance data to rapidly adapt the development of products to train the force.

• Access or transfer information between two or more security domains when conducting mission command training across all echelons at home stations.

To learn more about the Army's effort to make systems easier to learn, operate and sustain see the Power Point presentation at:

TSAID is a subordinate organization of the Combined Arms Center -- Training (CAC-T), which hosted the industry forum. CAC-T, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., manages the Army training support and training development to help the Army prepare versatile units and develop agile, adaptive leaders.