The U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Cross-Functional Team (CFT) is establishing new labs to increase the innovation of vendors and improve individual and collective training, the Army News Service reported Tuesday.
“We really want to revolutionize the way the Army trains,” said Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, who leads the STE CFT. “We’re trying to get after common standards, common data, common terrain and an open architecture” to enable rapid integration of future plug-and-play trainers.”
STE CFT will open a renovated Technology Integration Facility, in July 2020, that will create a secured setting, where vendors can introduce their technology and experiment on a military test network.
The team’s goal is to establish a common synthetic environment, where live, virtual and constructive training can be converged, she said. The Army currently does that at 12 permanent sites, but they are mainly for the active-duty component and require long planning timelines and lots of resources such as contractors to operate the event.
In addition, the division has utilized its Navy partners to launch the “Technology Grove” in Aug. 2020. It will serve as an incubator lab where vendors can demonstrate their technology.
“We’ll look under the hood and give you feedback right there if you’re on the right track or not,” Gervais added, noting that the technology could potentially move to the Technology Integration Facility for further testing.
Gervais will serve as a keynote speaker at the virtual event. She will address how the federal government and defense agencies continue to integrate more emerging technologies.