Complete Convergence

Working across industry and DoD lines for Operation Blended Warrior

With shrinking budgets and evolving threats, fully live training is becoming less of an option than ever before. The introduction of Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) technologies to the industry over the past decade, has provided operators with the ability to now train with not just live assets, but virtual simulators and constructive forces and scenarios all training together in harmony. The difference is a multi-dimensional training environment at a lesser cost.

For the second year, companies and military branches will participate in Operation Blended Warrior (OBW). Throughout Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Nov. 28- Dec. 2, in Orlando, Florida, friendly, oppositional and neutral teams will execute five 90-minute demonstrations to show connectivity, interoperability, cyber security, cross domain solutions, and performance measurements.

“Today’s landscape doesn’t allow for lag times in training. Warfighters must always be prepared for any mission that arises,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions. “Operation Blended Warrior is not only beneficial for collaboration between industry and government, but it is also meaningful proof of the power of LVC.”

The OBW theme is demonstrated throughout each block. Each block builds upon one another, and at completion of all five blocks, the theme or mission will be completed.

MondayBlock 1 - 14:30-16:00 - Unrest to Upheaval
Tuesday Block 2 - 14:30-1600 - The Opposition Strikes


Block 3 - 10:30-12:00 - Taking Control with live aircraft

Block 4 - 16:00 - 17:30 - Turning the Tide with live aircraft
ThursdayBlock 5 - 10:30-11:15 - The Enemy Unmasked

Demonstrated independently before but a first for OBW, the Rockwell Collins Operator Performance Lab will provide and operate two L-29 aircraft. “Adding the airborne element shows how realistic LVC training can be all while operating from a common architecture in the middle of a trade show floor,” added Gibbs.

Teams are divided between friendly forces, blue team, and opposition forces, red team. Neutral forces, such as in-country missionaries, cruise liners, merchants, and people who populate the simulated region are also in play. Through a rigorous series of actions from the red team, the blue team must respond working together across different systems.

Controlled from one central ground architecture, each block will be broadcasted from Rockwell Collins booth #2300. I/ITSEC visitors are invited to watch OBW and talk to LVC experts.

Story posted: November 21, 2016

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