Now commanders have online access to the best practices for conducting training exercises that combine live and virtual training.
Commanders from platoons to brigades will find many training resources about the Integrated Training Environment (ITE) on the ITE Portal. It is located on the Army’s Milgaming Network: https://ite.army.mil. The site requires a Common Access Card.
The portal explains how the ITE leverages live, virtual and constructive training technologies to help leaders create tough, realistic exercises at home station.
The Army has fielded the ITE to posts around the world, but some commanders are not aware of the benefits of combining training technologies. The National Simulation Center (NSC) recognized the need and established the ITE Portal.
“This new dynamic online resource will help commanders understand how to plan, prepare, execute and access ITE training exercises,” said Col. David Cannon, TRADOC Capability Manager — ITE. “It supports commanders and their staffs by giving them access to the best practices as well as tactics, techniques and procedures.”
The ITE portal links to videos and reference materials to help at each stage of the training management process.
Many of the reference materials were written by warfighters for fellow warfighters. To help commanders locate the right resource, the portal has a search feature.
The portal also carries a link to the Leaders Guide to Training in the ITE, which explains how to use the ITE at the plan, prepare, execute and access stages.
Introducing the portal now comes at an important time as more units train at home station where space is limited. The ITE addresses this difficulty by linking Soldiers training on ranges with those training in the virtual environment.
The portal will give commanders insights into combining Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations to replicate a complex environment. It also offers commanders a forum to discuss their training needs, which will help capability developers improve the ITE.
The NSC is a subordinate organization of the Combined Arms Center — Training (CAC-T), which manages training support and training development programs.
You can follow CAC-T at: http://usacac.army.mil/organizations/cact. Its Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/usacactraining and its Twitter handle is @usacactraining.