Indiana Guard drafts Cubic Corp. for battlefield training

Members of the Indiana National Guard will get a taste of what combat is like in Afghanistan and Iraq this month without having to leave their home state.

For an exercise lasting most of July, Cubic Corp. of San Diego will furnish role players, scenario development, battlefield effects and other training support for a comprehensive combat training exercise in July involving more than 750 members of the Indiana National Guard.

The training exercise is part of a new training concept known as Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) that the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is employing to give units exposure to highly realistic battlefield conditions and instrumented training at their home stations or regional training sites. The company participated in the National Guard Bureau's first XCTC exercise last summer. This is the second XCTC exercise.

The exercise will take place at Camp Atterbury Joint Forces Maneuver Training Center and at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, both in Indiana.

Cubic is supplying the training services as part of a team headed by Coalescent Technologies Corp. The Orlando, Fla.-based company announced in March that it had won a four-year, $39 million task order under the Navy's nationwide Seaport-e program.

In addition to Cubic, Coalescent's team for the work also includes SRI International Inc., Fairfax, Va.; Armed Forces Training Systems Inc., Winter Park, Fla.; and Mymic LLC, Portsmouth, Va. The task order covers the Army National guard as well as several Joint Program Offices and other Defense Department activities.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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