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FALL 2018

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US NAVY 25 Association of the United States Navy "Synthetic training can be a substitute or supple- ment for many kinds of live training, especially repeat- able tasks for basic and intermediate training," said Glenn White, a maritime synthetic training specialist for ONR. "Advanced training is used to validate readi- ness and should be done live." •e result is e•cient and e•ective. "We can do both training and assessment," White says. And it saves money. "You don't need everyone on the ship to get underway to train the gunnery team," he added. LVC training is the real thing As part of the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE), entire battle groups can train together before they ever get underway together. Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) At Sea (FAS) events use training LVC capabilities through the NCTE to support Šeet readiness certi‹cation during C2X exercises. To date, over 125 LVC FAS events have been executed since 2016. FST can also be conducted with partner nations. In 2015, the U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) conducted Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) in a simulated complex and multi-warfare tactical environ- ment that included challenging environmental condi- tions, political state of a•airs, and foreign military provocations without having to operate at sea. •e operating forces bene‹t from the e•ective and e•cient training. Rear Adm. Kenny Whitesell, the commander of Carrier Strike Group Four who led the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) through Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in April of this year, said that the exercise – which prepared the strike group and certified it for deploy- ment — was the most fully integrated LVC training to date. "•e addition or subtraction of virtual and constructive opposition forces creates a rheostat, enabling us to dial up or dial back the threat density and complexity of the exercise, toning the muscles of the strike group and conditioning the team from console operator to CSG commander to operate in a contested environment," Whitesell said. "In a similar fashion, we can add supporting forces within the constraints of the current ‹scal environment." Q CAPT Edward Lundquist, USN (Ret.), writes for naval and maritime trade and professional journals. The core mission system of the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is built on General Dynamics Mission Systems' open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI), a technical infrastructure that is not bound by propri- etary systems. General Dynamics has applied its proven open architecture and open business model to provide the U.S. Navy with the most capable and most a†ordable solutions for the LCS program. " We can set up exercise boxes, put out a set of buoys, make sure the range is clear, and do our ring exercises" Jonathan Glass

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