The Program Manager for Marine Corps System Command Training Systems works with industry partners to set up the live virtual constructive training environment.
LVC-TE is a software-intensive system that will provide enterprise services to execute a persistent and consistent collective training capability by connecting legacy Marine Corps training systems to support Marine Expeditionary Force training exercises up to to subordinate units.
“The LVC-TE program is a key component of TECOM’s modernization efforts for the Marine Corps and is consistent with the principles of Commander’s Planning Guidance and Force Design 2030,” explained Deputy Commanding General of Marine Corps Training and Education Command Brig. . General Matthew Reid. “LVC-TE will be the core curriculum for future Marine Corps simulation-assisted training to enhance our ability to fight and win our nation’s battles.”
Reid noted that the LVC-TE program aims to create a live, virtual and constructive all-purpose combat training environment that is fully integrated across the entire Marine Air Ground task force.
“Once completed, units will be able to integrate all elements of the MAGTF from geographically disparate locations to enhance and maintain the combat readiness of the entire Fleet Marine Force,” Reid said.
From vision to reality
According to PM TRASYS LVC-TE Project Team Leader Ron Inmon, the Marine Corps has envisioned the LVC-TE Live Virtual Constructive Training Environment for the past decade.
“Once completed, units will be able to integrate all elements of the MAGTF from geographically disparate locations to enhance and maintain the combat readiness of the entire Fleet Marine Force” Brig. General Matthew Reid, deputy commanding general of Marine Corps Training and Education Command
“There was an initial capabilities document developed in 2010, with a subsequent concept of operations developed by TECOM in 2015,” Inmon said. “During this time, the fleet continued to experiment with various LVC-TE training events, including several large-scale live exercises. As a result of these large-scale exercises, the fleet determined that it needed a consistent and persistent training environment that enabled virtual and constructive live training across a training continuum.
According to Inmon, all of these lessons learned helped support an analysis of alternatives, which was completed in 2018, and concluded that the best way forward was to focus on connecting legacy training systems rather than starting from scratch. .
“We have a capability development document, which was completed in August 2020,” Inmon continued. “This CDD supported the AoA and aligned that the Marine Corps will run LVC-TE by connecting legacy training systems that have provided tremendous value to their training audiences.”
CDD also defined the initial legacy systems that will provide core capabilities for LVC-TE: the Combined Arms Command and Control Training Upgrade System, a constructive system for collective training environments; Virtual T Support Arm; Virtual battlespace outside the deployable virtual training environment; and Marine Corps flight simulators on a network called the Aviation Distributed Virtual Training Environment.
Software Acquisition Pathway Offers Flexibility
LVC-TE will run on commodity hardware with a set of tools that will provide the desired training environment, Inmon said.
PM TRASYS is using the Software Acquisition Pathway acquisition strategy and was cleared to enter the execution stage phase in April 2022 and is striving to achieve the minimum viable capacity release in April 2023.
“We continue to develop our product roadmap and have the flexibility to make changes along the way as priorities change. We don’t do this in a vacuum,” Inmon said. “We started with the requirements that were in the CDD, but we are refining and prioritizing those requirements with the fleet. Please keep in mind that LVC-TE is a suite of tools and does not provide training. Training is still ongoing in these constituent level training systems. We are just the glue that binds everything together.
The exercise design tools contained in LVC-TE support exercise and scenario planning with multiple capabilities, ranging from meeting training objectives to producing records. Specific tool elements include an exercise monitoring tool, a common repository and an after action report tool.
Eric Jarabak, PM TRASYS Synthetic Training Systems Chief Engineer, highlighted speed of change and fleet responsiveness as two of the most important aspects of pursuing SWP for LVC-TE.
“SWP gives us the necessary tools that we need to respond to the fleet and its needs and to deal with on-the-fly changes that LVC-TE has to make,” Jarabak said pointing out that the team has consistently collected the comments from the Navy Fleet Force. throughout the process to ensure they are a partner and not just a receiver of an end capability.
“We continue to develop our product roadmap and have the flexibility to make changes along the way as priorities change. We don’t do this in a vacuum. » Ron Inmon, PM TRASYS LVC-TE Project Team Leader
Interoperable training environment for Marines, sister services
As an example of what program links in LVC-TE will bring to the fleet, he offered, “Supporting Arms Virtual Trainer is our Call for Fire/Close Air Support trainer, where we have a Joint Tactical Air Controller who actually goes through the motions of being a JTAC. In the old silo training environment, within SAVT, they work with an instructor/operator, normally a contracted person who acts as a pilot or someone they talk to. LVC-TE will allow them to connect to the real flight simulators that a real Marine pilot uses. So instead of responding to that SAVT instructor/operator, they are now talking to a real pilot, as they would if they were in a real operational environment.
PM TRASYS LVC-TE project manager Carlos Cuevas, a former naval infantry officer, offered another perspective.
“I’ve worked with some of these older systems in the past, as an end user and planner,” he said. “And the value that I see, being now for this purpose and working at PM TRASYS, is the continuous improvement and fidelity of bringing these systems together to operate, plan, execute and practice tactics, techniques and procedures in an environment In the past, we were somewhat “siloed” into individual systems. But now we will be able to train in an interoperable training environment, allowing units and Marines to deal with some of these tactical dilemmas on a simulated battlefield before experiencing them in the real battlefield, so that gives me a lot of excitement and excitement for the capabilities we’re working on to help fighters.
Cuevas also identified continued interoperability between representatives of sister services as essential in the LVC domain.
He cited cooperation with the Office of Naval Research effort on what is called Fiteware – Future Integrated Training Environment Software as an example, describing it as “a project that the ONR has been working on for some years and has socialized and disseminated within task forces to various Marine Corps locations for use with things like exercise control.
“But the value of this strategic communication and technical exchange with ONR is that it has allowed us to explore existing and future solutions to some of these tools that we are looking to be part of LVC-TE,” said he continued. “We are also having conversations with the program executive office for simulation, training and instrumentation, the army component of acquisitions for simulation systems here, as well as with the navy, as we try to take advantage of new LVC capabilities.”
LVC-TE is a recording program run by PM TRASYS Product Manager for Synthetic Training Systems.