FALL 2018

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19 Association of the United States Navy Last December, the Navy issued a request to industry that called for potential sources with the ability to provide Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) Integrated Training Systems. •e contract would have the provider o•er "continued life support" for the system. •e Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Fla., would manage the project. •e Navy anticipates awarding either an Inde†nite Delivery/Inde†nite Quantity, Firm Fixed Price, or Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract. It would entail either a †ve-year base ordering period, or a †ve- year base ordering period plus an additional two one-year option periods. •e total cost would not exceed $49.9 million. •e Navy uses LVC systems to provide sailors and o'cers with maintenance and operations training in virtual environments. Individuals, teams, or large contingents can use such systems. The term LVC includes: T Live simulations – in which elements ranging in size from individual sailors to larger teams conduct training and rehearsal operations. T Virtual simulations – conducted in so-called "synthetic environments." Equipment and envi- ronments are all virtual. Users operate simulated objects, avatars, and equipment that function iden- tically to the way real gear would in real environ- ments. T Constructive simulations – in which simulated adversaries would respond to actions taken by trainees, something akin to war-gaming. When the O'ce of Naval Research (ONR) issued its description of LVC in 2011, it already was aware of LVC's bene†ts and searching for a solution to its drawbacks. A white paper ONR published at the time alluded to unresolved visual, kinesthetic, and auditory representation in the virtual domain, as well as lag time in responsiveness. "In constructive simulations, the simulated forces are only as adaptive and interactive as the operators who drive them," the white paper stated. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) declined to discuss the contract opportunity with Navy Maga- zine, citing its pending status. Still, the contract oppor- tunity suggests that the matter carries a great deal of importance. One expert understands the Navy's mum stance, as well as its need for a uni†ed LVC system. "•e contract opportunity is one of several that are related to networks the Navy is making, to improve its existing LVC infrastructure," said Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assess- ments (CSBA), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. " In constructive simulations, the simulated forces are only as adaptive and interactive as the operators who drive them." U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, observe a stimulated range on a Supporting Arms Virtual Trainer alongside Australian Soldiers and Indonesian Marines during Rim of the Paci c (RIM- PAC) exercise at Marine Corp Base Hawaii.

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