US soldiers

Cubic Applications has been awarded a contract to provide mission command training capability services to the US Army.

Awarded under the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) operations training and resource support services (OPTARSS) II contract for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) mission training complex (MTC), the $15m agreement will use the company’s expertise in training support services and live, virtual, constructive, gaming (LVCG) technologies.

Cubic’s Operations Support and Education Group (OSEG) will provide contracted services to support the operational mission requirements of JBLM, FORSCOM and training and doctrine command, as well as others throughout the US Department of Defense.

The technical support is expected to provide the JBLM MTC with the capability to enable individual and collective training, leadership development, soldier functions training, as well as first person simulations and constructive simulations, supporting facilities management and access control.

Cubic OSEG senior vice-president and general manager Rich Bristow said: "Cubic continues to provide the highest quality and most cost-effective LVCG integrated training environment services in conjunction with our service support contracts for the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana, since 2001, the Korean Battle Simulations Center at Yongsan, Korea, since 1991, and the Joint Multinational Simulations Center at Grafenwoehr, Germany, since 2012.

"Cubic is able to provide exceptional technical support including planning, installation and maintenance."

"As the mission continues to evolve, Cubic is able to provide exceptional technical support including planning, installation and maintenance, to enable responsive exercises at all levels to ensure the readiness of our soldiers."

Work under the contract, which includes a transition period, one base year and two one-year options, will be primarily undertaken at the JBLM military installation and at the Yakima Training Center.

In addition, company personnel will serve at various locations within and outside the continental US.

The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity OPTARSS II contract acquires services in support of training requirements, oversight and evaluation of the training of various component units of the army, including the National Guard and army reserve.

Image: US soldiers await further instructions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, US. Photo: courtesy of Sgt Sarah Enos.

Defence Technology