Fielding Live Virtual Constructive-Training Environment
by U.S. Marine Corps Author
Marine Corps System Command’s Program
Manager for Training Systems is working with industry partners to
field the Live Virtual Constructive-Training Environment (LVC-TE).
LVC-TE is a software-intensive system that will provide
enterprise services to execute persistent, consistent, collective
training capability by connecting legacy Marine Corps training
systems to support training exercises from the Marine Expeditionary
Forces down to subordinate units.
A U.S. Marine with 2nd Marine Division utilizes a Supporting Arms Virtual Trainer during a visit from Gen. Glenn Walters, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC
on Jan. 26, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to increase awareness and capabilities of ground simulation and simulator training systems in support of operational forces combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abraham Lopez)
“The LVC-TE program is a key
component of TECOM's modernization efforts for the Marine Corps and
conforms to the tenets of the Commandant's Planning Guidance and
Force Design 2030,” explained former Deputy Commanding General of
Marine Corps Training and Education Command Brig. Gen. Matthew Reid.
“LVC-TE will be the foundational program for the Marine Corps'
future simulation-supported training to improve 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-domain
combat training environment, fully integrated across the Marine Air
Ground Task Force.
“Once complete, units will be able to
integrate all elements of the MAGTF from geographically disparate
locations to improve and sustain the combat readiness of the entire
Fleet Marine Force,” said Reid.
According to PM TRASYS’ LVC-TE Project Team Lead Ron Inmon, the
Marine Corps has envisioned the LVC-TE live virtual constructive
training environment over the past decade.
“There was an
Initial Capabilities Document developed in 2010, with a subsequent
Concept of Operations developed by TECOM in 2015,” said Inmon.
“Meanwhile, the Fleet continued to experiment with various LVC-TE
training events, including multiple live large-scale exercises. As a
result of those large-scale exercises, the Fleet determined that
they needed a consistent, persistent training environment that
allowed live virtual and constructive training to happen in a
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Z. Weaver, infantry Marine, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division (2d MARDIV), utilizes Virtual Battlespace 3 during Spartan Emerging Technology and Innovation Week on Camp Lejeune, NC
on Nov. 17, 2016. The Spartan Emerging Technology and Innovation Week showcases new equipment used to enhance the training of future Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexis C. Schneider, 2d MARDIV Combat Camera)
According to Inmon, all of those lessons
learned helped to 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 as opposed to starting
over from scratch.
“We have a Capabilities Development
Document, which was completed in August of 2020,” Inmon continued.
“That CDD supported the AoA and aligned the fact that the Marine
Corps will be executing LVC-TE by connecting legacy training systems
that have brought huge amounts of value to their training
The CDD also defined the initial legacy systems
that will provide baseline capabilities for LVC-TE: Combined Arms
Command and Control Training Upgrade System, a constructive system
for collective training environments; Supporting Arms Virtual T;
Virtual Battle Space out of the Deployable Virtual Training
Environment; and Marine Corps flight simulators on a network called
Aviation Distributed Virtual Training Environment.
Acquisition Pathway Offers flexibility
LVC-TE will run on
commercial-off-the-shelf hardware with a set of tools that will
provide the desired training environment, said Inmon.
TRASYS is using the Software Acquisition Pathway acquisition
strategy and obtained authorization to enter the execution milestone
phase in April 2022 and is working to obtain Minimum Viable
Capability Release in April 2023.
“We continue to develop
our product roadmap, and have the flexibility to make changes along
the way as things get re-prioritized. We are not doing this in a
vacuum,” Inmon said. “We started with the requirements that were in
the CDD, but we're refining and prioritizing those requirements with
the Fleet. Please keep in mind LVC-TE is a suite of tools and does
not provide training. The training is still being done at those
constituent level training systems. We’re just the glue tying it all
The exercise design tools contained in LVC-TE
supports exercise and scenario planning with multiple abilities,
ranging from meeting training objectives to producing archives.
Specific tool elements include an exercise control tool, Common
Repository, and After-Action Report tool.
PM TRASYS Chief
Engineer of Synthetic Training Systems Eric Jarabak highlighted the
timeliness of changes and responsiveness to the Fleet as two of the
most important aspects of pursuing SWP for LVC-TE.
us the necessary tools we need to be responsive to the Fleet and
their needs and address changes on the fly that LVC-TE needs to do,”
Jarabak said as he emphasized how the team has consistently garnered
feedback from the Marine Fleet Force throughout the process to
ensure that they are a partner and not just a receiver of an
Interoperable Training Environment For Marines, Sister Services
As an example of what the program
linkages 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 that is
actually going through the motions of being a JTAC. In the former
silo training environment, within SAVT they're working with an
instructor / operator, normally a contracted person who is playing
the role of a pilot or someone that they're talking to. LVC-TE will
enable them to connect to the real flight simulators that a real
Marine pilot is using. So, instead of talking back to that SAVT
instructor / operator, they're now speaking to an actual pilot, just
as they would if they were in a real operational environment.”
PM TRASYS LVC-TE Project Manager Carlos Cuevas, a former Marine
infantry officer, offered another perspective.
with some of these legacy systems in the past, in the capacity of an
end user and planner,” he said. “And the value I see, now being on
this end and working at PM TRASYS, is the continued improvement and
fidelity of bringing these systems together to operate, plan,
execute, and practice tactics, techniques and procedures in a
virtual environment. In the past, we were a little ‘siloed’ in the
individual systems. But now we will be able to train in an
interoperable training environment, allowing units and Marines to
face some of these tactical dilemmas on a simulated battlefield
before they experience it on the actual battlefield. So that gives
me a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement for the capabilities
that we're working toward to help the warfighters.”
also identified continued interoperability between sister service
representatives as critical within the LVC realm.
cooperation with the Office of Naval Research’s effort on what is
termed Fiteware - Future Integrated Training Environment Software as
one example, describing it as “a project that ONR has been working
on for some years and has socialized and circulated within the
operating forces at various Marine Corps locations for use with
things like exercise control.”
“But the value in that
strategic communication and technical interchange with ONR is that
it has allowed us to explore existing and future solutions to some
of those tools that we're looking for to be part of LVC-TE,” he
continued. “We also have conversations with the Program Executive
Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, the Army's
component of acquisitions for simulation systems here, as well as
with the Navy, as we try to leverage new LVC capabilities.”
LVC-TE is a program of record managed by the PM TRASYS Product
Manager for Synthetic Training Systems.
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