USMC – MCIC: TECOM Range and Training Programs Division (RTPD) Operational Support
Combat readiness is of the utmost importance to the Marine Corps. The Range and Training Programs Division (RTPD) are is responsible to the Commanding General, Training & Education Command (TECOM) for the development of the Marine Corps Synthetic Training Enterprise (MCSTE). RTPD identifies, develops, and coordinates the integration of live training systems, with non-standard simulated and virtual training systems in order to provide training capabilities to the Total Force. [HLBR1] The programs RTPD manages are:
DVTE, a laptop configuration with additional peripherals which host software that allows users to train in decision making through animated avatars, virtually view terrain in 3 Dimensional dimensions, and operate unmanned aerial vehicles to capture terrain and video. The software application allows users to conduct call for fire, patrol, operate virtual vehicles, etc. in order to increase proficiency of skills associated to with their military occupation; CACCTUS is a combined arms training system which supports company and battalion teams in decision making associated to fire support and maneuver; MTWS is a MAGTF staff training system which provides training scenarios where large forces are maneuvered across a virtual representation of the world.
ISMT is a marksmanship trainer that support training of small arms and crew-served weapons training; SAVT supports the qualification of Joint Terminal Air Controller (JTAC) personnel and supports approximately fifty-nine JTAC controls;
ODS supports training associated to licensing of personnel in the various vehicles associated to the Marine Corps;
CCS supports the training of convoy operations, combat and tactical vehicle movement and provides additional training support with dismounting of personnel and weapons engagements; CVTS is configured into three separate vehicles M1A1 Tank, AAV, and LAV, which support crew and gunnery skills training as a gateway to live fire trainer; there are also current DUNS in process which will become programs under the non-standard training structure or integrate with current training programs
As the complexity of training events continues to evolve, training program effectiveness and the capabilities of simulation systems to support and optimize training outcomes becomes an increasingly critical concern. Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) are three interrelated, but distinct processes that gather and evaluate evidence to determine, based on the model or simulation’s intended use, the capabilities, limitations, and performance relative to the real-world objects it simulates. Tailoring VV&A to meet USMC specific requirements and provide a data-based appraisal of simulators and their ability to meet specified training objectives for all RTAM and STIM programs are the support purpose
Future efforts in support of LVC-TE Increment I which will provide integration of ADVTE, CACCTUS, DVTE, and SAVT for tactical air-ground training and MCSTE CONOPS, CDD, and Capability Production Documents (CPDs).
The Contractor shall provide support to RTPD’s role as requirements and resource sponsor by developing Project Tripoli capabilities, including Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) and Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) Integrated Architecture products. The contractor shall support RTPD’s activities in processes such as Marine Corps Information Assurance Program (MCIAP); Requirements Transition Process; Verification, Validation, and Accreditation (VV&A); and Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) to provide support to the following tasks:
- Enterprise Architecture Support, External Information Portal and Website Management, Enterprise Level Information Technology Engineering, RTPD Support, Training Capability Assessment Support, Training Processes and Metrics Analysis, and JCIDS Development/Support. These products and activities guide the development of Marine Corps training aids, devices, simulators and simulations, live ranges and range instrumentation.
- Within the MCTE, there are Ground Vehicle Training Systems (GVTS), these systems are identified in paragraph 1.2 Background in the following programs: Marine Corps Driver Trainer (MCDT), Combat Convoy Simulator (CCS), Combat Vehicle Training System (CVTS) and Family of Egress Trainers (FET).
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