Integrated Training Environment

Thursday September 20, 2012

What is it?

The Integrated Training Environment is the result of Army efforts to harness new technology to prepare units and develop leaders at home station. Developed through U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Combined Arms Center-Training, the ITE combines action from live, virtual and constructive training to populate mission command systems with data, allowing for a more realistic common operating picture for the commander. The ITE uses the Live, Virtual, Constructive - Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA) to facilitate the creation of the complex conditions found in any operational environment - conditions that the Army cannot afford to replicate solely in live training. Using the ITE enables commanders to develop agile, adaptive leaders and versatile units, capable of operating in complex situations.

What has the Army done?

Earlier this year, the Army chief of staff and the Training General Officer Steering Committee endorsed moving ahead with the ITE. In August, the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation completed its Government Acceptance Tests for the LVC-IA at Fort Hood, Texas.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

From Sept. 10 to 28, the LVC-IA will undergo its First Use Assessment test at Fort Hood, involving more than 600 Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. During the exercise, Soldiers in live training will use the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System and the Homestation Instrumentation Training System to record their battles with similarly equipped forces. In the virtual world, helicopter, mechanized infantry and armor crews in simulators will work together to fight virtual opposing forces. These virtual capabilities will also integrate with live and constructive capabilities. With constructive simulations, computer icons representing units and equipment will engage other simulated forces. All of the data will appear as if live Soldiers on the field were transmitting the data to the commander's and staff's digital mission command systems in their command post.

Why is this important to the Army?

Unit training space and time will be at a premium as military budgets decline and more commander-driven exercises take place at home station. The ITE expands the training space by integrating simulations to complement live training, allowing commanders to train their units without putting the entire unit in the field. It enables units to reach higher levels of proficiency before they enter live training. It also enables commanders to train collective groups of leaders, after completing pure live iterations, in scenarios and conditions that are not easily replicated or too risky to replicate in home station training environments.

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Integrated Training Environment
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Combined Arms Center-Training

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