Selected Industrial View with Gene Colabatistto, Group President, Defence & Security, CAE
On the occasion of I/ITSEC 2017, MILITARY TECHNOLOGY publishes its Annual Simulation and Training Bosses (SATB) Series that conveys the thoughts and messages of the world’s defence simulation and training leaders, according to the question: “How do you apply/integrate live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) technologies to your tactical training, and can LVC training address the military’s readiness crisis??”
CAE firmly believes that integrated live-virtual-constructive (iLVC) training can help defence forces maintain and enhance readiness. Importantly, governments and defence forces believe this too and many are in the process of establishing and implementing programmes that will facilitate the increasing use of integrated LVC training, including the adoption of more virtual and constructive training to help make the live training they do more efficient and impactful. For example, the UK MoD is currently in the early stage of a programme called the Defence Operational Training Capability – Air (DOTC(A)) programme. Under this overarching project, the UK MoD will acquire a range of capabilities and services designed to enable the Royal Air Force to better train together as a total force balancing the right mix of iLVC training, including an objective to download live training into the synthetic environment when possible. Other countries such as Australia, the US and Canada have similar initiatives underway to establish the standards and technologies required that will enable integrated LVC training.
We do not anticipate that there will be a single solution or “silver bullet” that will help defence forces easily achieve an integrated LVC training environment. There will be cultural, technical, financial and other challenges that will create hurdles to achieving this objective. Through cooperation, collaboration and partnership, however, we expect that over the next five years, integrated LVC training will become much more routine and commonplace. To help defence forces achieve this, CAE is committed to working with government and industry partners as well as making internal research and development investments to enable integrated LVC training solutions.
A good example is the collaboration we have initiated with Rockwell Collins, another industry leader in LVC training. The two companies have established a partnership to jointly develop iLVC training solutions that are open, interoperable, cybersecure, and seamless. CAE and Rockwell Collins are leveraging their respective experiences and expertise to establish the foundation for facilitating the set-up, management and execution of iLVC training exercises. In other words, we are trying to take iLVC training from what has traditionally been a difficult, time-consuming “experiment” and turn it into a more mature solution that can be accomplished more quickly and routinely. We will be demonstrating some of the initial work done by CAE and Rockwell Collins during the I/ITSEC 2017 show.
I/ITSEC is showcasing the future of innovation across defences and www.monch.com/mpg/news/iitsec17.html brings together key developments from the show. For more information and a print version of the SATB series, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #12/2017, available on booth #257; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.