FALL 2018

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PHOTO CREDIT 21 Association of the United States Navy SCOT T A. THORNBLOOM Given the pending status of the contract, it is dicult to determine when a new LVC system would be ready for the eet to use. ship would be situated under one overall command, Clark said. As it stands, each system is owned by its primary user. In particular, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) owns a large share because many training ranges function essentially in support of air training. Given the pending status of the contract, it is di•cult to determine when a new LVC system would be ready for the eet to use — and who would get the contract. Clark envisions an overall contract being awarded to one of the major defense contractors, who in turn would bring smaller businesses in to develop speci‚c subsystems. ƒe large company would manage the sustainment and management portion of the project, with the smaller businesses performing tasks such as so„ware development, for example. "A lot of training simulators are built by the primes [large contractors], but the so„ware for building constructive targets — the non-human operated ones — are done by small businesses," Clark said. "It's going to be some kind of traditional combination of a prime, with multiple small businesses that are actually doing a lot of the development work." As the Navy's desire to procure and install a modern LCV system enters at least its seventh year, Clark believes the service is eager to resolve the issue sooner rather than later. Like its sister services, the Navy has a limited number of training facilities around the country. A sense of urgency underlies the issue, he said, because the service is looking to avoid open-air range training whenever possible. It is expen- sive, requiring systems, aggressor squadrons, and other programs Also, there is an operational security concern because people can watch what is happening. "If you do a lot more of it virtually and construc- tively, you can build a lot of those things with so„ware," Clark said. Q Nick Adde is an Arlington, Va.-based freelance writer specializing in defense and veterans' aairs. Lt. Michelle Tanalega, an instructor at the Surface Warfare O cer School (SWOS), goes over the operation of a Conning Of- „cer Virtual Environment (NSS COVE I) simulator with Naval Reserve O cers Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipman 1st Class James Olsen, a rising senior at the George Washington University from Portland, Oregon.

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