By Dan Lafontaine, CCDC C5ISR Center Public AffairsNovember 5, 2019
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 5, 2019) -- The Army Futures Command is expanding the implementation of improved mission-command software for immersive Soldier training to the Joint Readiness Training Center.
Known as TCE, the Tactical Computing Environment is a map-based software application that provides Soldiers a common visualization of the battlefield; it is also enabling Army trainers to see Soldier movements and actions during training.
"This software was designed to facilitate mission command -- the warfighting function that relies on commanders and subordinates being able to take informed, decisive action based on their knowledge and understanding of activities in the operational area," said Dex Brewer of the Army's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, or C5ISR Center, where the software was developed.
"TCE in the hands of trainers makes the training experience better," said Brewer, an operational subject matter expert. "The trainers can better visualize the training battlefield and capture information to give feedback to units for after action reports. Ultimately, that leads to better training, which means increased readiness, increased lethality and fewer casualties."
TCE was initially field tested at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in 2017 before transitioning to the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation as the primary tool for NTC trainers. Two years of Soldier testing and feedback led to incremental improvements and the expansion of the tool's use at JRTC at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Approximately 500 Windows-based tablets running TCE will be in the hands of trainers at both locations by spring 2020.
Oanh Trinh, the system's project lead for C5ISR Center, led the developers who provided training and engineering support in deploying and configuring the tablets this summer.
"The TCE software personnel have provided Soldiers with enhanced mission command and training that align with Army priorities such as modernization, flexibility and maintainability," Trinh said. "A successful execution of the software will assist the trainers providing superior support to the warfighters. With the Army's continued emphasis on expeditionary mission command, our goal is to deliver software tools that can match those needs."
The C5ISR Center is the Army's applied research and advanced technology development center for C5ISR capabilities. As the Army's primary integrator of C5ISR technologies and systems, the center develops and matures capabilities that support all six Army modernization priorities, enabling information dominance and tactical overmatch for the joint warfighter.
The C5ISR Center is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.