NTT DATA Signs Partnership with the U.S. Army to Create Job Opportunities for Veterans
Plano, TX – March 05, 2014
NTT DATA, Inc., a leading IT services provider, today announced it has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army to partner in the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program during an official ceremony held today at the Dallas Recruiting Battalion in Irving, Texas.
The PaYS Program is a public-private partnership between the Army and U.S. corporations that provides talented young recruits with an opportunity to serve their country while being trained for a future outside the military. The Army pre-qualifies and trains honorably discharged veterans for a variety of careers, and organizations like NTT DATA benefit by hiring skilled employees with the technical and leadership abilities that only the Army can provide.
"The Army instills the same values in the men and women serving today that we strive to maintain to succeed in our business," said John McCain, president and CEO of NTT DATA, Inc. "Through the PaYS program, we are proud to partner with the Army to sponsor these bright young dedicated individuals as they get an education and prepare for a long and successful career in the private sector."
Photo left - Mr. John McCain, NTT DATA, Inc. CEO, Mr. Steve Harvey, NTT DATA Enterprise Services and U.S. Army Veteran, Ms. Elizabeth Towson, SVP of NTT DATA Talent Acquisition, Lt. Col. Patton, and Mr. Jeff Womack, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, NTT DATA, Inc.
Photo below right - Mr. John McCain, President and CEO, NTT DATA, Inc., and United States Army Dallas Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Rob Patton, make the partnership official
"The PaYS Program is an integral part of our recruiting strategy as it introduces highly motivated and exceptional candidates to our organization," said Dean Williams, executive vice president of human capital at NTT DATA, Inc. "Hiring qualified veterans is the perfect fit for NTT DATA as they have the work ethic and team-oriented values to help our customers succeed."
"The Army is attracting, training, and deploying talented young people who want to serve their country, but who also want to have a gratifying career after their service," said Joel Crosby, Jr., Northeast Marketing Analyst for Army PaYS. "We are excited to partner with NTT DATA as they have a strong track record for hiring top talent."
NTT DATA is an Innovation Partner anywhere around the world, with operations in 40 countries. NTT DATA emphasizes long-term commitment and combines global reach and local intimacy to provide premier professional services from consulting, application services, business process and IT outsourcing to cloud-based solutions.
Frank C. Alegre Trucking, Inc. Becomes a New PaYS Partner
Recruiting Company Commander Uses PaYS Program to Assist in Reserve Mission
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Col. William "Bill" Nagel, the outgoing U.S. Army Recruiting Sacramento Battalion Commander, accompanied by the incoming Battalion Commander, LTC John Crisafulli, were both available to attend the PaYS signing ceremony with Mr. Tony Alegre, CEO Frank C. Alegre Trucking, Inc., on March 25 in Lodi, CA.
The partnership between Frank C. Alegre Trucking and the U.S. Army resulted from a friendship formed between CPT Andress Alegre, Mr. Tony Alegre's son, and CPT Matthew Roehm, U.S. Army Recruiting, North Bay Company Commander.
CPT Andress Alegre and CPT Matthew Roehm became friends while Cadets at the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point NY. CPT Alegre is currently stationed as a Team Leader with the 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, WA. CPT Roehm thought that Frank C. Alegre Trucking would make a great fit for the PaYS Program.
CPT Roehm is responsible for recruiting Army Reserve Soldiers. He works within his footprint to determine which skill sets are associated with each unit's vacancies. CPT Roehm utilizes the PaYS Program and its local Partners to help fill Reserve vacancies.
"I wanted to introduce existing PaYS Partners to Reserve Units with under-employed Soldiers. This can help keep Soldiers in the unit, stops them from leaving for another town with better employment options, and keeps my Reserve mission from increasing" CPT Roehm said.
CPT Roehm explained how Reserve Recruiters in his command use the PaYS Program as a sales tool. Reserve Recruiters can place a Soldier in a unit with the guarantee of a job interview when they return from training. Often with a local company they are familiar with and would like to work for, but many of these companies require experience and often have a difficult and lengthy hiring process. The Army gives the Soldier the training and experience and the PaYS Program provides Soldiers possible job opportunities after the Army.
Photo right - Outgoing Commander of Sacramento Recruiting Battalion, Col. William "Bill"
Nagel joins Mr. Tony Alegre in the signing of the ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) - Engineering and Leadership in Harmony
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Photo right - L to R -
Mr. Mark Peckham, Recruiting Operations Officer, Vanderbilt University -- LTC Kendric Smith, Professor of Military Science, Vanderbilt University -- Ms. Amanda Talbott, Facebook -- Mr. Phillip Mucker, Senior Marketing Analyst, PaYS Program -- Mr. John Bautch, Recruiting Operations Officer, Middle Tennessee State University
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a great networking event for anyone dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. Therefore, it was fitting that NSBE’s 2014 Annual Conference held in Nashville, TN was also the location where the PaYS Program had representation both supporting the Army’s efforts and PaYS Partners representatives attending the event.
"Our theme this year, is 'Engineering and Leadership in Harmony', Brandon Johnson, the Convention Planning Committee (CPC) Chair began. "We are going to dust off the old photo album and show you how our family has grown and exemplified engineering and leadership over the past four decades."
NSBE is comprised of 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 82 pre-college active chapters nationwide and overseas. These chapters are geographically divided into six regions. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals and is operated by a professional staff in their World Headquarters located in Alexandria, VA. NSBE has accomplished more for Black engineering students than any other organization in the world.
Our NSBE's PaYS representative, Phillip Mucker, Senior Marketing Analyst, used the opportunity to meet with two local Reserve Officer Training Corps departments and Amanda Talbott, Recruiter, Veterans Programs and Initiatives for Facebook, Inc.. Facebook just recently became the Army’s 500th PaYS Partner and participated in our annual All American Bowl in January. The Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) Mark Peckham, and the Professor of Military Science, LTC Kendric Smith, from Vanderbilt University, along with Middle Tennessee State University’s ROO, John Bautch, were able to meet with Ms. Talbott due to all being in attendance at NSBE.
PaYS Partners served as both sponsors and maintained outreach booths at the Career Fair Expo. The 40th Annual Convention included events for collegiate audiences, Pre-Collegiate Initiative (PCI) mini events, graduate school and technical professional specific events. Feature guest speakers included the Governor of Mississippi, R. Musgrove, on Thursday’s General Session, and PaYS Partner Johnson Controls featured Karla Bonzie as the General Sessions speaker on Friday.
Recruiting Operations Officers (ROO) Course Receives PaYS Training
By Maria Hernandez
PaYS Marketing Coordinator
Photo above - Mr. Phillip Mucker, Senior Marketing Analyst explains the PaYS Program to the March ROO course at Fort Knox, KY
"Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), the college elective for undergraduate and graduate students that provides unrivalled leadership training for success in any career field. If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career." -GoArmy.com
Recruiting Operations Officers Course took place at the end of March at the School of Cadet Command (SOCC) in Fort Knox, KY. Mr. Phillip Mucker, PaYS Senior Marketing Analyst, was invited to participate as a guest instructor to educate the classroom about PaYS and what the program offers Cadets. All of the PaYS marketing team accompanied him in order to introduce themselves to the student representatives for brigades and battalions. There was a lot of interest in the room, with many questions for Mr. Mucker as he proceeded through his lecture.
A Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO), also known as a Scholarship and Retention Officer, is a representative selected for assignment as a recruiting BN operations officer and is a trained instructor and recruiter for ROTC. Due to the high turnover of military assignments, University Professors of Military Science (PMSs) have gradually been converting ROO positions to be filled by GS employees. ROOs, however, can be military, National Guard, or GS personnel.
ROOs are located at 275 Colleges across the nation. An individual selected as a ROO has duties to recruit on campuses, high schools and in Guard units. Their main goals are to foster interest in the Army and prep contracting documentation.
Upon being selected to become a ROO, the member of staff must be certified through a mandatory qualifying course and then recertified every 3-5 years. This required ROO course (ROOC) is taught by Senior Officers at Brigades and Battalions and is a two week training that seats 38-40 students and is held four times a year. The curriculum is designed to provide training in the principles of time management, personnel procurement, and the enlistment process to include eligibility, incentives, benefits, and the Suitability Program.
Photo left - Mr. Joel Crosby (PaYS), Mr. Danny Free (PaYS), Mr. Gary Shirkey (Recruiting Operations Officer Course Manager), Mr. Phillip Mucker (PaYS), Mr. Ted Groholske (PaYS) and Mr. Robert Thomas (PaYS)
Photo below left - PaYS marketing team accompanied Mr. Mucker in order to introduce themselves to the student representatives
After the day's events, the team shared their appreciation and thanked everyone for their attention, reminded them to become a part of PaYS social media pages and encouraged them to contact their respective Marketing Analysts with any questions and/or comments. Maria Hernandez, the PaYS Marketing Coordinator, asked Mr. Gary L. Shirkey, the Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) Course Manager, to summarize the ROO course and he explained, "Students are learning how to be effective Army ROTC instructors and recruiters."
PaYS Partners Join in the Veteran Job Fair at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
The military-to-civilian recruitment firm Recruit-Military sponsored a Veteran Opportunity Expo at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, March 13, 2014. This job fair marks Recruit-Military's eight consecutive year attending 592 Events, with over 18,587 Exhibitors, and 350,150 Attendees.
Photo right - Lockheed Martin Booth at the Louisville Job Fair
Photo below right - Kentucky State Police Department display the PaYS Partner Poster
PaYS Partners Lockheed Martin, Kentucky State Police Department, Louisville Metro Police Department, and HCA were in attendance. Kentucky State Police Department and Louisville Metro Police Department accepted applications for the August 14th Police Academy. The hall filled as Veterans and their families visited the more than 50 booths.
PaYS Marketing Analysts, Robert Thomas and Danny Free, share portions of the Midwest & Northwest Marketing zones. Both attended the event. "It's important to meet our PaYS Partners and when they are in your own backyard, it's worth the effort" said Danny Free. Often companies send the same human resource manager to the same events "This is a great time to introduce Robert to his partners, since this is his first month on the job" explained Danny. No stranger to job fairs, Robert easily made contact with his partners and local recruiting officials. Both Robert and Danny were Army Recruiters.
Danny took pictures for the PaYS Social Media and was pleased that the attending PaYS Partners wanted to be included.
Photo left - Louisville Metro Police Officers and Veteran
Photo right - Healthcare drew a big crowd at the HCA booth
PaYS Partner Securitas Security Services USA Earns "Most Valuable Employers For Military®" Finalist Recognition
PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 13, 2014
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. was recently listed as a finalist for the Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® by CivilianJobs.com. This recognition serves to help veterans seeking employment in civilian careers by identifying companies with strong military recruiting efforts.
As Jake Hutchings, Director of CivilianJobs.com, said in a recent press release, "Increasingly, military-friendly companies are coming to the forefront. This is reflected in the record number of employers that applied for the MVE recognition in 2014. It is a significant milestone that more than 100 businesses are being acknowledged today based on the quality of their veteran hiring focus."
Securitas USA aggressively seeks to hire military talent and has found that hiring from the military community is a strategic competitive advantage. Securitas USA partners with veterans' employment advocacy groups across the country, attends job fairs specifically targeted to veterans and encourages employee referrals. "In 2013, we added 6,706 veterans to our employee base and that number keeps growing. We have hired thousands of returning heroes for key positions such as team support, management and security officers. Their experience contributes to our success, especially in providing quality service to our clients," commented Rocco L. DeFelice, Executive Vice President.
About Securitas USA: Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. is a knowledge leader in security. As the nation's leading security provider, Securitas USA and its affiliates offer security solutions, including on-site security officers, mobile patrol, remote security monitoring and corporate risk management. Everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, its 100,000 employees are making a difference. For more information, visit: www.securitasinc.com.
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Tom Gliessner - Army PaYS Development Team Manager
By Tom Gliessner
Army PaYS Program
Tom joined the PaYS Software Development team in September of 2007 in the leadership role. He brought with him extensive DoD program experience in software, hardware and services programs.
Tom is a native of Louisville attending Trinity High School and the University of Louisville. For 10 years he worked as a welder at Ford Motor Company's Louisville Assembly Plant during which time he earned his degree in Electronic Engineering. With his degree he was hired by IBM Corporation in 1983 and moved from the sunny south to beautiful Shelburne, Vermont where he worked for 3 years in semi-conductor engineering and quality assurance. In 1986 he transferred with IBM to support their Federal Systems in Manassas Virginia outside Washington DC. Here he began his service in support of our nation's security and defense. For the next 10 years Tom managed numerous programs in support of our Navy submarine and security forces. In 1996 IBM FS was purchased by Lockheed Martin and Tom continued his support of Navy programs expanding into space programs supporting the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Mars Rover program. In post 9/11, 2001, Tom would be assigned to manage a DOE Biological/Chemical monitoring program in our nation's capital which would eventually send him to support the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. Following this assignment Tom was assigned to support software development and configuration management programs for the intelligence community until 2007. At this time an opportunity within Lockheed Martin for Tom and his family to return home to Kentucky became available, and thus began his assignment on the PaYS program. Most recently, to continue his support of the PaYS program as Development Team Manager, Tom has changed employers and now works for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Tom has been married for 41 years and has 2 daughters and a son who is a student at the University of Kentucky. Tom and his wife Judy love to vacation and are die hard Disney fans.
Veteran Unemployment Rate - Everyone's Issue
By Maria Hernandez
PaYS Marketing Coordinator
Overall Veteran unemployment has dropped to 6.3% according to the Economic News Release in February from the United States Department of Labor. However, Veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq are unemployed at an alarming rate of 9.2%. Considering the overall civilian (non-veteran) unemployment rate is 6.9%, it's distressing these Veteran's percentages are so high.1
In 2000, the unemployment rate was less than 3% according to figure 1.2 According to the chart, the Gulf War Era II Veteran unemployment rates have been as high as 12%.
In 2000 the Army began to develop a strategy to help America's Veterans transition from military service into civilian life. In an effort to recruit quality Soldiers and reduce Veteran unemployment, the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program was created.
The PaYS program helps Soldiers become productive and working citizens by providing the education and training neccessary to find and enter into civilian careers. Decreasing the unemployment rate for our Nation's heroes requires a partnership between the Army, communities and civilian employers, and this is where the PaYS program is unique designed to assist.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. (2014, March 7) Economic News Release. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t05.htm
2 Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University. (2013, March). The annual employment situation of Veterans. Retrieved from http://vets.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Annual-Employment-Report2012.pdf
Army outlines network modernization priorities
By Army CIO/G-6
Photo Credit: CIO/G-6
Photo - Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell outlines priorities for Army network modernization.
WASHINGTON (March 24, 2014) -- The Army chief information officer/G-6 outlined priorities for network modernization as the Army plans for Force 2025.
"The Army continues to focus on building IT capacity and increasing bandwidth speed by a thousand times," said Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, who became the CIO/G-6 in December 2013.
"We are greatly improving operations and training at posts, camps, and stations and for deployed organizations," Ferrell said. "More IT capacity and speed enables home-station mission command; split-based operations; and live, virtual and constructive training."
"We will also ensure that our tactical networks remain on pace with the strategic network efforts and the vision for the end-to-end Network of 2025. As the Army builds a synchronized end-to-end network, they are also re-focusing on reducing the complexity of tactical/deployable networks for the Soldier on the ground," Ferrell said.
Ferrell spoke at the Army IT Day hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association in Vienna, Va.
The Army also continues to partner with the Department of Defense to expand enterprise services, move to a software cloud solution, and consolidate and close data centers. Increased network security is still a priority as the Army moves to a more defendable perimeter, continuous network monitoring, and identity and access management across the network.
"We're doing all this while reducing costs -- key during this time of budget constraint," Ferrell said.
In addition to his network modernization lines of effort, Ferrell discussed his two lines of effort involving advancing Army cyber capabilities and the Signal Regiment. The Signal Regiment is focused on developing soldier and leader skills in both cyber and signal operations.
"The signal, intelligence, and electronic warfare communities are inextricably linked, and we're expanding mission integration," said Ferrell. "We're also supporting the Army's new signal and cyber school at Fort Gordon, Ga." The location was announced by the Secretary of the Army in Dec. 2013.
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'Live synthetic' Army's next generation of simulation
By David Vergun
Army News Service
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 21, 2014) -- Soldiers from a brigade combat team are at a combat training site doing a routine live-fire exercise. Well, maybe not so routine.
Suddenly enemy jets pop out of the clouds streaking toward them. The Soldiers scramble for cover as missiles rain down.
They hear the explosions from the missiles impacting all around them, see the flames and debris and smell the smoke.
But this is where it gets a little bit eerie.
Those enemy jets are being piloted a thousand miles away by fellow brigade combat team, or BCT, Soldiers, some in aircraft simulators and others on computer gaming stations.
The Soldiers see the visual recreations of those jets in real-time through special glasses that allow them to see the real world around them, while simultaneously viewing the simulations.
Data from the simulations stream in to the Soldiers' glasses from satellites and ground relay stations.
In turn, the pilots in simulators and those using gaming stations see what Soldiers are doing in the live environment by satellite and unmanned aircraft video feeds and sensors on the Soldiers that transmit precise locations and activities.
Sounds of the battle are generated through special earpieces that harmonize with the visuals and the smells are pumped in through special odor machines.
Not really, said Col. John Janiszewski, director of the National Simulation Center, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
"We're now looking at a concept called the Future Holistic Training Environment Live Synthetic" that will eventually do this and much more, he said.
"We're now documenting the requirements," he said.
By next year, Janiszewski plans to define the specific requirements for live synthetic and hopes to begin fielding systems by fiscal year 2022 and have them in place Army-wide by fiscal year 2025.
In the meantime, the National Simulation Center, or NSC, is having discussions with industry and experts in the science and technology community to "close some of those gaps" in capability.
Although simulators have been around for decades, the problem is that most were designed to be used in isolation. Live synthetic fuses them all seamlessly.
There are four basic types of simulations that will need to be fused to make the vision a reality. They go by the acronym LVC-G.
First is live simulation, or LS. This is "real people operating real systems in the field," Janiszewski said. Soldiers have been doing this since the dawn of warfare.
Janiszewski said live simulations have improved significantly since he joined the Army 26 years ago.
Sounds and smells, mentioned in the setup scenario, have already been added to LS in mock towns at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.
Marines at nearby Camp Pendleton are using animatronics in their LS. Animatronics are computer-generated images of people or even animals that appear to be physically present -- some are friendly, some not.
Another improvement is that Soldiers' movements today can be tracked through radio frequency identifiers attached to their bodies, a quantum leap from The Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System introduced in the 1980s, which didn't track movement, only hits from weaponry.
Although LS has seen significant improvements, "we're not there yet," he said, meaning the Army doesn't have the glasses that would permit the use of "augmented reality." Cloud computing capability will also likely play a role in this.
As troops draw down from Afghanistan, more and more Soldiers are doing LS at combat training centers and at installations.
Commanders didn't have a lot of responsibility planning and executing training over the last 12 years of war, since it was done for them, he pointed out. Now, it's their responsibility.
Mobile training teams from the CAC are helping them out with this, he said. "When we're at peace, we're an Army of preparation."
Second is virtual simulation, or VS.
"This is real people operating simulation systems," he said. "Like your child driving the racing car at the video arcade. The child believes he's in a real vehicle with steering, gas, brakes and a display."
VS is what most people think of when they think of simulation. The Army has had them around for decades now: tanks, trucks, helicopters, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and more. Tank crews and aircraft crews operate in separate simulators, but can share a common picture of the training exercise.
These systems are already sophisticated with verisimilitude displays, motion, tactile and auditory feedback, he continued, adding that he's not seen any significant leap forward in virtual simulation since it's pretty realistic already.
Third is constructive simulation, or CS. This is simulated people and equipment operating in a simulated environment, he said.
In a typical constructive simulation, operators are looking at a computer screen watching contours on a map and icons representing friendlies and enemy, along with their weapons, vehicles, aircraft and materiel. Operators can move objects around using their mouse.
Over the last decades, Janiszewski said CS has gotten more realistic, meaning the representations on the screen are more sophisticated and movements are more precise and closer to real time. Also, terrain mapping has gotten more detailed.
Entire, large-scale organizations can be represented this way, and while not as exciting as being in a virtual simulation, it is just as effective, he pointed out.
In fact, Janiszewski said his unit in Germany in 2002 and 2003, rehearsed the Iraq invasion and the roll up to Baghdad using CS.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command uses CS for analytical and experimentation purposes as well as gaming future scenarios.
Fourth is gaming simulation, or GS. This is similar to CS but instead of icons and contour lines on a map, the view on the computer screen looks real. Think of the popular "Call to Duty" or "Halo" video games.
Janiszewski said gaming is the simulation that by far has had the most advances, especially in the last few years.
GS is so new, in fact, that his office has yet to add gaming to its current acronym LVC-IA, or Live, Virtual, Constructive-Integrative Architecture, which describes the Army's current efforts to integrate training systems across the simulations realm. Gaming is not yet officially part of the Army's simulation syllabus -- but he expects it to be soon.
"Gaming is probably the most prevalent and popular capability we now have," he said.
That's because one, it's realistic and engaging, two, you don't need a bulky, expensive piece of equipment like a virtual simulator, and three, there is a plentiful supply of computers.
Besides adding gaming to the mix and fusing the four simulations together, there are a few other challenges to get to live synthetic.
For one, NSC doesn't have the accreditation that would allow it to operate simulations over the SIPRNet, or Secure Internet Protocol Router Network. Obtaining the certification and accreditation "is critical if we want to train the way we fight," he said.
A successful SIPRNet workaround for now is the NSC's use of something call the Global Simulation Capability Network. GSC Net "is a training network that allows the NSC to distribute constructive simulations from Fort Leavenworth to home station training locations in support of division and corps training events," he said.
GSC Net also allows units that are strung out over several states, as is often the case with the National Guard and Reserve, to use the existing Defense Information Systems Agency operational network, he said.
For example, NSC at Fort Leavenworth recently pushed out a training simulation via the GSC Net successfully to Soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., he said.
Another issue in getting to live synthetic is funding.
"I worry about the budget every day," he admitted. "I try to articulate why we need the resources, [and] try to show the positive effects [of simulation on] training and readiness of the Army."
Janiszewski said he "doesn't like to use the cost factor of why we want to do this, but in truth, it's cheaper to train in a simulator" than live. For instance, he pointed to a study that showed it cost about $3,500 to fly a real attack helicopter per hour, while an attack helicopter simulator cost around $500.
The cost curve can also be lowered by simulating instructors and tutors on the simulators, he said. Scripts or even robots could mentor Soldiers doing the tasks. This would cut down on the need to hire more contractors.
Another benefit simulation provides in cost, as well as time savings, is that simulations can be delivered right to the installation.
"We want to provide the (simulation) environment to Soldiers at the point of need instead of them coming to a mission training complex," he said.
That local delivery service is now being tested -- with good results thus far, Janiszewski said.
Fort Hood, Texas, was the first to use LVC-IA in 2012, he said. Soldiers from a 1st Cavalry Division BCT used the three simulation components successfully in a feasibility assessment exercise to determine if LVC-IA could be rolled out Army-wide. It wasn't true "live fusion" as envisioned for the future, but it nonetheless demonstrated that the three type of simulation could be used successfully in an exercise.
Then, Soldiers at Fort Drum, N.Y., used CS to train on logistics while interacting with Soldiers at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., who were doing LS. Data was transmitted back and forth live via a mission command information system which gave them a common operating picture, he said.
Along with Forts Drum and Hood, LVC-IA systems have been delivered to Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Stewart, Ga.; Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Ky., and 15 more sites will get deliveries between now and fiscal year 2016. The Guard and Reserve will be included in all simulation training, Janiszewski added.
In addition to that effort, it's standard practice now at combat training centers for Soldiers to use CS as part of their leader development program prior to going to the live environment. This type of "progressive training strategy increases proficiency during the follow-on live event," he noted.
Besides simulation efforts within the Army, Janiszewski said sister services and allies are sharing simulation ideas and interconnectivity, since "training together is critical for the U.S. in the future."
Janiszewski likes to use a lollipop metaphor when describing his dream and plans for live synthetic. He sees the lollipop having two swirls of different colors. Those colors are the live environment and the simulated, merging as one.
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