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U.S. Army Training Support Systems Enterprise, United States and Overseas

U.S. Army Training Support Systems Enterprise

Supporting the U.S. Army Training Support Systems Enterprise

Parsons has been supporting various aspects of the U.S. Army training mission since 1998, and we offer unmatched expertise supporting the full life cycle of Army live, virtual, constructive, and gaming (LVC&G) training domains. Training support encompasses the training information infrastructures, products, materiel, personnel, services, and facilities to enable integrated training and education. The Parsons team’s unique combination of experience and capabilities capitalizes on its understanding of military training doctrine, the Army’s associated training strategies and programs, and their application in an enterprise approach throughout the U.S. Army.

TSS provides Parsons a global presence in support of the U.S. Army.

In July 2011, the Department of the Army awarded Parsons the U.S. Army Training Support Systems (TSS) prime contract, an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide support to Soldiers in the LVC&G training domains. Since then, the Parsons TSS team has amassed more than $94 million in competitive awards supporting the Army with more than 450 employees and team members at Army installations across the United States, Europe, and Korea.

A Wide Array of Services

Under this IDIQ contract, Parsons and its team provide the Army with program management, technical and analytical services, training, and training support services across four principal program areas of the Training Support Enterprise.

Combat Training Center (CTC) Program. The CTC program provides capstone training events for Army brigade combat teams preparing to execute missions throughout the world. Numerous training enablers are employed to replicate the missions (combat, stability operations, and civil military support) that the 4,500 Soldiers of a brigade will encounter in their assigned theater of operation. These strenuous 3‑week training exercises are conducted in a simulated combat environment that assesses the combat readiness of the units and the effectiveness of the units’ tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Humvees modified by Parsons employees to replicate foreign-designed vehicles.

Humvees modified by Parsons employees to replicate foreign-designed vehicles.

At the National Training Center (NTC), Parsons provides more than 250 role players (who possess specific cultural and language prerequisites) and battlefield special effects technicians for 10 major training events per year. These role players and battlefield special effects technicians stress the training unit’s human intelligence assets, complicate the unit’s operations, and provide a source of intelligence/information. Parsons’ role players provide the “human terrain” and cultural context for operations and challenge the unit’s procedures for care and treatment of civilians in the operational environment.

Parsons also operates the Training Support Center at the NTC, Fort Irwin, CA, which provides training aids, devices, simulators, and simulations (TADSS) support to more than 63,000 Soldiers who annually train at this Mojave Desert installation. Parsons maintains materials and ensures that the correct TADSS are available in sufficient quantities and at the appropriate time in a unit’s training and deployment cycle. To meet unique training requirements, Parsons operates a workshop that produces custom training devices such as visual modifications to U.S. equipment that replicate foreign tactical vehicles.

Parsons supports fielding and operation of the Army's LVC-IA.

Parsons supports fielding and operation of the Army's LVC-IA.

Mission Command Training Center (MCTC) Support. Parsons provides Army and Joint Mission Command Training Center support at installations in the United States and overseas. We support the Army’s Integrated Training Environment, the Joint National Training Center, the Army’s Live, Virtual, Constructive, Integrating-Architecture (LVC-IA), and the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability (JPMRC).

Parsons provides senior-level systems integration support and system test-bed software concept solutions development to support the Army Integrated Training Environment and the Joint Live, Virtual Constructive (JLVC) near-term integration and architecture requirements. We support the evaluation, analysis, and system integration of simulations and mission command systems, including emerging simulations, mission command systems, and technologies to assist in the development of the Integrated Training Environment.

Our employees support operation of LVC-IA software, hardware, and systems that improve home station training through the use of the Integrated Training Environment. Parsons LVC-IA operators operate the LVC-IA Enterprise After-Action Review System, which collects simulations data to support the Exercise Director in producing an exercise after-action review to enhance the training value of participating units.

Parsons is helping U.S. Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) establish the initial operating capability of the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability (JPMRC). Our planning and exercise control team is embedded within the Training Support Brigade, which has overall responsibility for this endeavor. With joint multinational exercise and CTC expertise, the team is assisting with the development of operations group, instrumentation system, decisive action scenarios, opposing forces, and expeditionary capabilities to enhance home-station training capabilities and Theater Security Cooperation Program exercises throughout the Pacific region. This capability will provide realistic and challenging scenarios with instrumented after-action reviews to commanders in the field in Hawaii, Alaska, Korea, and USARPAC-aligned Army partnered nations in the Pacific at a reduced cost compared to CTC deployments.

Planting Mojave Desert flora at the NTC.

Planting Mojave Desert flora at the NTC.

Sustainable Range Program (SRP). Through the TSS contract, Parsons continues its 15‑year tradition of providing exceptional support to the Army’s SRP program. This program is the Army’s overall approach for improving the way it designs, manages, and uses its ranges and training lands to meet Soldier training responsibilities. Parsons continues to be the Army’s choice to support the SRP’s two core components—the Range and Training Land Program (RTLP) and the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) Program—that ensure that Army training areas simultaneously meet the training needs of the training audience and are environmentally sustainable for years to come.

We currently provide technical and field assistance in support of the Army ITAM Program at Fort Drum, NY, and Fort Irwin, CA, integrating the requirements of the military trainer with natural and cultural regulatory requirements while using sound scientific land management principals. At Fort Irwin, Parsons ensures that training lands continue to support the training of rotational and home station units at the NTC so that the 1,000 mi² of maneuver areas and ranges at the NTC continue to serve the Army as its premier training center.

Parsons’ support of the RTLP includes range modernization. We also provide weapons platform doctrinal gunnery expertise and technical range instrumentation integration support to the Army’s Instrumented Ranges and Urban Operations facilities. In addition, Parsons supports training development, live fire range instrumentation system requirements validation, standardization, and regulatory compliance to ensure government acceptance. Throughout this process, we leverage our employees’ GIS (geographic information system) services and range complex master planning expertise to meet our customer’s requirements.

Instructing Soldiers on IED threats.

Instructing Soldiers on IED threats.

On another task order, we sustain special range capabilities to support soldiers conducting live training on counter improvised explosive device (CIED) home station training lanes (HSTLs). Parsons employees with military experience in operational theaters of war train soldiers on the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures for addressing IED threats. They also lay out, maintain, reset, and provide simulations support for these specialized lanes at the USARPAC’s six supported installations in Alaska, Hawaii, and Korea. These Parsons subject matter experts in live training, range planning, and training devices are proficient in analyzing, planning, formulating, and managing the execution of the HSTL support teams, and they have honed these skills over the past 4 years by supporting other Army installations across the continental United States.

Overseeing Soldier Monitoring System use at West Point.

Overseeing Soldier Monitoring System use at West Point.

Soldier Training Support Program (STSP). Parsons has been awarded multiple task orders in which we have provided a cadre of seasoned Army veterans to help the Army analyze and update Soldier training strategies and programs based on changes in the contemporary operating environments and technologies that Soldiers use today. These task orders have included supporting the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, with a common operating picture linked to individual GPS (global positioning system) transmitters to monitor all Cadets on land navigation courses, allowing timely decisionmaking by instructor cadre during the summer Cadet basic and field training programs.

At Fort Eustis, VA, we are conducting post fielding training effectiveness analysis for the U.S. Army Training Support Center, where Parsons helps the Analysis and Integration Division ascertain the efficacy of fielded training strategies, available training land, TADSS, and other capabilities in meeting Army training requirements. The quantitative analysis will provide Army Training Support Enterprise decision-makers with information to make programming and funding decisions that will ensure the most efficient use of current and future Army training support resources.

Under TSS, we continue to expand the services we provide our customers as we support the Army’s training support requirements to meet ever-changing national security challenges.