Cubic Applications has been awarded a contract modification to continue the provision of highly realistic rotational and pre-deployment training to US soldiers.

The $60m contract represents the seventh option year on the company’s US Army joint readiness training centre (JRTC) mission support services agreement at Fort Polk, Louisiana, US. It also increases the potential ceiling value of the contract to $896m.

Awarded in July 2007, the original JRTC contract included one base performance year and nine renewable option years, and requires the Cubic subsidiary to provide full-spectrum mission support services at Fort Polk, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and other locations.

Serving as mission support contractor, the company assists the JRTC in fully integrating all military participants into standard rotational exercises through scenarios involving multinational operations, which last for 14 days and require 24×7 contractor support.

However, since November 2003, JRTC has staged several 21-day mission rehearsal exercises (MREs), including situational training, live fire, force-on-force, and integrated live-virtual-constructive training, for units scheduled for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The JRTC provides advanced collective training for a broad spectrum of units, including brigade combat teams."

The support for MREs includes expanded role play, technical help with the multiple integrated laser engagement system (MILES), battlefield effects, as well as video and cultural role players (foreign language speakers) for added realism.

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Serving as the incumbent JRTC mission support contractor since 2001, Cubic currently employs approximately 1,500 full-time and part-time employees in support of the centre.

The JRTC provides advanced collective training for a broad spectrum of units, including brigade combat teams (BCTs) and special forces operational detachments.

Specific units training at the centre include conventional airborne, air assault, light infantry, mechanised infantry and armoured units, as well as active-duty and reserve soldiers, and the National Guard.

In addition, forces from other US-allied nations also participate in rotational training exercises.

Image: US soldiers participate in an exercise in a simulated Iraqi village at the joint readiness training centre, Fort Polk, Louisiana, US. Photo: courtesy of Sgt Cherie Thurlby.

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