LIVE TRAINING COMMUNITY
YOUR COMMUNITY RESOURCE FOR THE LT2 TRAINING SUITE
COL Vincent
"Vince" Malone
Project Manager, PM TRADE
COL Stanley
"Gene" Reedy
Director of Live Training
Daniel O.
Torgler
Program Manager, TRASYS
Col. Anton H.
Nerad
Director, TECD
WELCOME
Welcome to the Live Training Community portal, where we develop, support, and communicate our live training initiatives for the Army and Marine Corps. Our intent is to facilitate communication with developers, users, and our industry partners to support standards and common solutions for live training. Our goal is to reduce total ownership costs while improving quality, interoperability, and reusability across live, virtual, constructive, and Joint training and test domains for our Soldiers, Marines, our joint Services partners, and the Nation.
LATEST NEWS, EVENTS, & BRIEFINGS
April 15, 2014
View the new CTIA: Better Buying Power Video
January 24, 2014
Combat Training Center Upgrades Support Army Chief's Vision - Army magazine article, Feb 2014 edition. The Army magazine is The Magazine of the Association of the United States Army.

View the article here
January 9, 2014
An article titled "Second Generation Product Line Engineering Takes Hold in DoD" has been published in the current January/February 2014 edition of CrossTalk - The Journal of Defense Software Engineering.

View the CrossTalk website here
View the article (pages 12-18) here.
December 6, 2013
In the December 2013 I/ITSEC edition of Military Training Technology (MT2), the Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH) system is featured on pages 36-37. See this link for the article.
December 3, 2013
PM TRADE Component Architecture & Interface Standards I/ITSEC 2013 Brief
September 4, 2013
The paper, "Multinational Standardization of Live Training Solutions", was presented jointly by PM TRADE and United Kingdom MoD at the 2013 ITEC in Roma de Fiora, Italy. This presentation describes some common live training themes by identifying related live training requirements and capabilities between both allied Armies. Furthermore, it describes each organization's approach to standards and a unified architecture that seeks to promote systematic reuse and homogeny across live training solutions, and facilitates interoperability in support of Joint, multinational training.
September 4, 2013
The paper, "Employing Service Orientation to Enable Training as a Service in the U.S. Army" was presented at the 2013 International IEEE Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E) on 25 MAR 13 in San Francisco, CA. This paper describes the migration of CTIA to Training as a Service (TaaS) using a specific set of modern computing technologies that will enable rapid delivery of training capabilities across servers, mobile devices, and heterogeneous platforms. Specifically service-oriented architecture (SOA) and cloud computing are considered which can satisfy the requirements of the TaaS and COE, and meet user demands for an enhanced training experience. Furthermore, this paper discusses the approach taken to elicit the future needs of the Army's live training community, and how cloud computing and SOA are leveraged to meet required capabilities. Lastly, this paper discusses some unique considerations on SOA-related security issues.
September 4, 2013
"The Challenges of Applying Service Orientation to the U.S. Army's Live Training Software Product Line", was presented at the 2013 International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC) on 28 AUG 13 in Tokyo, Japan. This paper addresses the challenges of adopting SOA into an existing software product line, the unique circumstances of the LT2 SOA environment, and presents a set of analysis and design considerations for the product line engineering community. In addition, during the conference, the LT2 Product Line was nominated as the first U.S. Army entity for the International SPLC Hall of Fame. The nomination will go through a validation process by the SPLC Hall of Fame committee and new inductees will be announced at SPLC 2014, which will be held in Florence, Italy, next September.
July 9, 2013
To the Defense Acquisition Workforce,

Attached is the first annual report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System. I have been talking about producing this report for well over a year now and I am happy to finally be able to release the inaugural edition. The report will be expanded upon and updated each year. It represents the beginning of an effort to assess how well we are doing at delivering products to our warfighters, how our performance is changing over time, and, most importantly, to begin to better understand how we can improve that performance.



This report focuses on a subset of the work done in the broad acquisition system— the major programs—and it focuses on our ability to execute programs within cost and schedule baselines during development and early production. Admittedly, this is just a fraction of the work we do, and future reports will expand on this data—but this is the most visible and frequently criticized area of our performance, so it is a good place to start. There also is a fairly wide array of data available on these programs.



Among other things, the report covers performance differences among the Military Departments, buying commands, and major primes. The first thing I expect most readers to do will be to look up their own institutions to see how well they are doing in comparison to others. Good. Go right ahead. Whatever your institution’s relative performance, I can assure you there is room for improvement. We have attempted to make a number of correlations in the report. Some of the results are likely to surprise you. Many of the items we have focused on over the years do not correlate strongly to the outcomes measured here; our conventional wisdom about defense acquisition isn’t always correct.



The purpose of this report, in part, is to use the data “as is” to help us critically think about and better understand our performance and the actions we can take to improve our organizations’ performance. For that reason, the approach taken is to present the data without a great deal of discussion. The report does raise a number of questions about why we are seeing the results portrayed here and provides some insight on what we can do to affect those results. In a few years, I hope to see some of the trends shown here improving as we focus on emulating the best practices that this data can help us identify.



We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that we provide our warfighters with the best equipment in the world, but we also can’t avoid the fact that we should be able to achieve this goal faster and cheaper. Let me call your attention to one piece of data in the report—the summary of the Program Assessment and Root Cause Analysis Office’s reviews of Nunn McCurdy cost breaches over the last few years found on Page 34. Far and away the most significant factor in these large overruns is poor management performance. We can do better, and this report is a tool to help us achieve that end as all of us involved in defense acquisition, in government and in industry, work to continuously improve the outcomes we achieve.



Frank Kendall

Under Secretary of Defense

Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
July 3, 2013
The May/June 2013 "Inside STRI" newsletter is attached. Please see page 9 for an article, "Government, Industry Launch New Standards to Boost Live Training Capabilities
June 19, 2013
PM TRADE's Target Modernization program was recognized and awarded the PEO STRI Team Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Project Execution at the 2013 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Sunshine Chapter Army Ball on 15 June 2013. Please see the attached for the winning nomination and accomplishments of the Target Modernization program.
May 16, 2013
Team Orlando News: PM TRADE Launches Initiative With Industry Partners article. Click here
May 13, 2013
Field OPS Sustainment IPT slides presented during the A-TESS Industry Day on 9 May 2013
April 5, 2013
The article, "PM TRADE Develops Next Generation of LOMAH Technology", is in this month's recently released Military Training Technology magazine.
April 5, 2013
A "PM TRADE UPDATE" is in this month's recently released Military Training Technology magazine.
March 22, 2013
OneTESS is preparing for its production acquisition - an RFI was released on 21 Mar 2013. Please visit the PEO STRI Business Opportunities Portal (STRI BOP) to find out how you can get involved.
February 8, 2013
Due to a change in requirements the Live Training Standards Working Group scheduled for 5 and 6 March 2013 is cancelled. Another Live Training Standards Working Group will be scheduled at a later date. The announcement will be posted on FedBizOpps and the PEO STRI Business Opportunities Portal: Click here.
February 5, 2013
February 5, 2013
See link for complete article by Dolly Rairigh Glass. Click here.
January 24, 2013
PM TRADE in conjunction with TCM-L recently tested and accepted 3 qualification ranges, which have been augmented with a Location of Hit and Miss (LOMAH) instrumentation. The LOMAH technology provides the trainee with the exact location of rounds fired against a target silhouette, regardless of whether the shot hits or misses the silhouette. The LOMAH technology has been integrated into the FASIT and TRACR Suite products, and represents a significant advancement in helping manage range life cycle costs through increased efficiencies and effectiveness methods. Click here for article.
January 16, 2013
A new Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH) electronic shot detection and location system recently passed its Government Acceptance Test (GAT). The LOMAH system tracks rounds fired on or near targets to support Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) training strategies. The new system improves rifle range efficiency, increases training effectiveness, and saves time for commanders and Soldiers. Click here.
January 11, 2013
A new draft version of the Audio Visual Cue Standard is available for review and comment in the LT2 Standards collaboration area.
January 11, 2013
A draft version of the Power and Placement Standard is available for review and comment in the LT2 Standards collaboration area.
January 11, 2013
The Live Training Community Portal is now a Joint Services capability portal, as our USMC Live Training partners have joined forces with us to promote, utilize, and leverage each other's live training capabilities for Soldiers and Marines worldwide. Please check out the portal Welcome page.
December 10, 2012
A-TESS Industry Day and Integration of Live Training Standards slides presented at I/ITSEC 2012.
December 7, 2012
Please find our 2012 Live Training Campaign Plan Briefed at I/ITSEC.
December 7, 2012
Product Support Publication Requirements presented at I/ITSEC 2012
December 7, 2012
Homestation Instrumentation Training System (HITS) article in Army Magazine, December 2012 issue. Click here
December 7, 2012
VICTORY Architecture and Standards Briefing to the Training Community slides presented at I/ITSEC 2012
November 26, 2012
Congratulations to PEO STRI and PM TRADE employee Patrick Sincebaugh for his selection of the Fiscal Year 2012 Army Modeling and Simulation award in the Cross Cutting category (the Cross Cutting category meant the nominee was working an effort that cut across more than one of the other nomination categories of acquisition, analysis, experimentation, or testing). The theme for this year's award nominations was "M&S Enabling the Army in Transition". The title of Pat's winning nomination is "Embedded Training and Development of Common Test and Training Solutions
November 26, 2012
Mr. Frank Kendal, our Defense Acquisition Executive, has shared his thoughts on the optimal program structure. His refreshing comments and challenge to acquisition leaders is a great follow up to his 14 Nov 12 update to the Better Buying Power (BBP) initiative. I recommend everyone read this article for insights and inspiration for a better way of approaching acquisition strategies - COL Flanagan.
November 14, 2012
Today Dr. Ashton Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, held a press briefing to introduce a preliminary version of Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0. BBP 2.0 marks a milestone in the Department's continuing effort to deliver better value to the taxpayer and Warfighter by improving the way the Department does business.

Today's introduction marks the start of a two-month period during which stakeholders in industry and government (including the workforce) will have the opportunity to review and comment on the preliminary version of BBP 2.0.
Mr. Kendall will hold further engagements with elements of these stakeholders over the coming days. These include briefings with industry executives, a presentation at the Senior Leaders' Acquisition Training Conference, and an OUSD(AT&L) All-Hands briefing. During these engagements, Mr. Kendall will discuss progress made with the original BBP initiatives and provide background behind the transition to a new set.

Further background on BBP 2.0 is provided in the attached USD(AT&L) memorandum to the acquisition workforce, which includes two attachments. A fact sheet on BBP 2.0 is also attached. Once you have had the opportunity to gain an understanding of the revised initiatives, you are encouraged to provide feedback, which you may send to the following e-mail address: BetterBuyingPower@osd.mil.
October 24, 2012
PM TRADE LT2 published two Live Training articles, "Live Training Goes Mobile" & "Asymmetric Training", in the October-December issue of Army AL&T Magazine, the flagship publication of the Army's Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) community. They are now available online at http://armyalt.va.newsmemory.com]Link Text
October 23, 2012
Live Training partners - GEN Odierno (CSA) published his Army Training Strategy on 3 Oct,"Training in a time of transition, uncertainty, complexity, and austerity." This strategy provides clear guidance and direction for our training systems that we will use to prioritize near-term efforts (FY13-14) and mid term (POM FY15-19). This is already driving decisions within live and the TSS community. COL Gene Reedy, TCM-Live, and I will provide our own insights of what this means for Live Training at our update at this year's I/ITSEC (Dec 12). COL Mike Flanagan, PM TRADE
October 19, 2012
Annually, the Army Acquisition Corps recognizes it best team and individual performers. It is with great pride and honor that I send this note to inform our Army Live Training Community that the Live Training Transformation (LT2) Team has been selected as the 2012 Team of the Year in the Army Acquisition Corps in the category of Information Enabled Army.

It has been a great year for PM TRADE and the LT2 team, as the accomplishments of the team has been recognized not only in this award, but by others, to include:

• 2011 NTSA Modeling & Simulation Team of the Year - Acquisition
• 2012 PEO STRI Team of the Year - Program Execution

Much thanks for all you do to make these accomplishments happen. This is a big honor in this particular award - resultant by the contributions of many. Proud to be a part of this great team that recognizes the contributions of many toward doing great things for Soldiers in the Live Training lane, not only in the Army, but now extending into our works with the Marine Corps in an MOA with PM Training Systems (TRASYS).

COL Mike Flanagan
August 27, 2012
"PM TRADE Takes Aim at Training with Indirect Fire" - this article is published by Army AL&T magazine at their online "Access AL&T". View the article here.
August 27, 2012
COL(P) Mike Lundy approved and published the FY13 Warfighter Outcomes for Training and Education Domain to inform TRADOC's single 1-N gap list and to inform the TSS community. See attached:
CAC-T's Warfighter Outcomes (WFOs) for FY 2013
July 26, 2012
Key excerpts from the draft Training Instrumentation System (T-IS) Capability Design Documents (CDDs) have been updated and have been made available for members of the LT2 portal.

T-IS CDD v1.0.1 para-6
June 26, 2012
The Live Training Transformation (LT2) program was recognized and presented with the PEO STRI Team Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Project Execution at the AUSA Sunshine Chapter Army Ball on 16 June 2012. The citation read at the presentation - The Live Training Transformation (LT2) program is recognized as the Army’s Live Training model, and is in use by more than 16 major Army and Department of Defense Live Training programs, with more than 130 systems fielded. With 121 common components in the LT2 repository available for systematic reuse, the LT2 program has generated a significant return-on-investment to date within the Army Live Training System acquisition portfolio, generating an estimated $340 million in cost avoidance across the development and sustainment for Live Training Systems, to include locations across the Army at places like the Combat Training Centers and Home Stations.
June 18, 2012
PM TRADE History Project - COL Flanagan and a team of volunteer TRADE veterans with support from UCF History Department are working to organize PM TRADE History and write the MILES Story. If you're interested in sharing your story and/or artifacts, please fill out the questionnaire. Please click here to complete the survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7DQ8K3S Thank you TRADErs.
June 17, 2012
COL Gene Reedy, inbound TRADOC Capability Manager for Live Training (TCM-L). COL Reedy assumes responsibilities as the new TCM-L on 9 July 2012 after a two year assignment to the United States Army Central where he served as Chief of Operations, Current Operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom, and also served as Chief of Exercises, responsible for all Army exercise in the Central Command AOR. COL Reedy is an FA57 and knows the training community well. See his bio for details.
June 17, 2012
COL Flanagan briefed Industry at the recent Training & Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) 2012 held at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld Orlando, FL. He notified industry that there were some recent changes to upcoming solicitations that would be provided in an updated briefing. See briefing section below.
June 17, 2012
COL Flanagan has published the PM TRADE Vision for 2014 based on his shared vision with the TCM-L. This document provides the overarching guidance for PM TRADE development and acquisition activities out to 2014. See attached.
   
BRIEFINGS
LT2 PRODUCT LINE
The LT2 Product Line focuses on live-training domain requirements to maximize component reuse, reduce fielding time, minimize programmatic costs, and enhance training benefits afforded to the Soldier. It includes live training systems in support of homestation training, deployed training, Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training, Maneuver Combat Training Center (MCTC) training, and instrumented live-fire range training. The LT2 product line is comprised of programs that use the Common Training Instrumentation Architecture (CTIA), the Future Army System of Integrated Targets (FASIT) Architecture, and the LT2- CTIA components to implement the various product instantiations including:
OIS for MCTC
ETC-IS
HITS
OneTESS
DRTS
TRACR
I-MTS
NGATS
PRODUCT LINE VISION
Thorough successful execution of the product line strategy, LT2 will deliver a set of assets that provide integrated and interoperable training solutions for live collective training across the homestation, MCTC, and deployed and joint training domains. The LT2 product line vision is captured in the products shown below and in the following program objectives:
Produce a product line architecture that completely supports live instrumentation, Tactical Engagement Simulation System (TESS), targetry, domain-specific services, and associated equipment for live training within the Army’s doctrine-based training process
Engineer a product line process and associated standards, tools, rules, and guidelines that foster development of both components and products that are compliant with the product line architecture
Produce a set of common plug-and-play applications in the product line architecture that are applicable across a wide range of LT2 programs
Encourage development of common applications and products and capture convincing evidence of the benefits of a product line approach
Provide a flexible architectural environment that will evolve to support all Army live training simulation systems, as well as integrate with emerging Army and joint architectures such as the Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA) and the Live, Virtual, Constructive Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA)
PM TRADE Industry Standards Collaboration Area
LT2 STANDARDS
The PM TRADE Paradigm, which encompasses the Live Training domain, is focused on developing standards and leveraging common components in order to provide inherent interoperability as principal, underlying architectures continue to be matured. Developing and implementing Live Training standards appropriately allows for improvements in the support for various mission programs and external efforts, direction of product-line configuration management, and organization of sustainment efforts.
One of the main cornerstones of the LT2 strategy is to capitalize on standardization to maximize commonality and facilitate interoperability, and subsequently promote cost savings across PM TRADE acquisitions. PM TRADE’s goal of standardization centers around a set of guidelines that support interoperability efforts within PM TRADE and across PEO STRI and the Army. Within this context, PM TRADE will follow a systematic knowledge management approach which uses a centralized repository, known as the LT2 Portal, to manage and control its architectures, standards, interfaces, processes, and requirements.
MISSION: To develop Live Training Standards to be used across PM TRADE in an effort to create commonality, promote re-use, and facilitate interoperability across the Live Training Domain.