FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Army recently issued a new guide to help brigade and battalion commanders create tough, realistic training by using the Integrated Training Environment.

The Leaders Guide to Training in the Integrated Training Environment explains how to use the ITE in planning, preparing, executing and assessing training events.

In these exercises, the ITE seamlessly connects Soldiers training in live, virtual, constructive and gaming environments to mission command systems.

The 39-page guide provides leaders a first step toward understanding the Integrated Training Environment. It was a collaborative effort between the Training Management Directorate (TMD) and the National Simulation Center (NSC).

The guide is available for download on the Army Training Network's ITE site: https://atn.army.mil/dsp_template.aspx?dpID=448 and the ITE Portal: https://milgaming.army.mil/Entrance/News.aspx?PID=203ec83afc420514d617ceefc8bb12976d7abe5166ae46f7c183d6416f3a72babcfcfcace599de911aedeb8b298fbfed8c36da2a17e222810c4a179fadea8760c5id=184

Introducing the leaders guide now is particularly timely as more units return to home station where training space and training resources are at a premium. The ITE expands training space by linking Soldiers in the live training environment with those soldiers training virtually

"The ITE is great resource because there isn't enough time, space or money to do all your necessary training on ranges," said Bill Brosnan, a training analyst with TMD.

Brian Wepking, an operations officer with the NSC's TCM ITE, said a good companion to the leaders guide is the list of Training Aids Devices Simulators and Simulations. It is available on the ATN at https://atn.army.mil/dsp_template.aspx?dpID=310.

"If you use them in tandem, you will be ahead of the game in planning and executing meaningful training events," he said.

Some TADSS that are part of the ITE include:
• The Homestation Instrumentation Training System, which works with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System in live training.
• The Combined Arms Tactical Trainer, which is a virtual training device for armor units.
• Joint Land Component Constructive Capability, which simulates units and equipment on computers.

Wepking noted that an ITE exercise is excellent for multiechelon training. "A commander can train his company on mission command while one platoon is training in the field and another platoon is training in CCTT," he said.

TMD and NSC are subordinate organizations of the Combined Arms Center -- Training (CAC-T) at Fort Leavenworth, which manages training support and training development programs.

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