Scenario Data Solutions for Forward Deployed Live, Virtual, and Constructive Training at Sea
Navy STTR 2020.A - Topic N20A-T024
ONR - Mr. Steve Sullivan [email protected]
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 26, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
Fleet Training Wholeness Continuum (FTWC) and Total Ship’s Training Concept
shore-based capabilities to improve mission warfighter mission readiness
against Great Power Competitors (GPC) and to increase warfare proficiency and
agility while operating in a degraded and denied environment against GPC.
the Navy employs large numbers of at sea mentors, assessors, and certifiers,
using a “White Cards” technique to inject a description of the degraded or
denied effects on command and control (C2) systems. This is done because the
actual distributed simulation of the degraded or denied (D2) effects on the
at-sea ships and aircraft C2 systems cuts off the two-way communications
between the shore distributed training center (DTC) and the mentors, assessors,
and certifiers at sea. This “White Card” method of simulation, or lack of
actual effects to the C2 systems, provides “Negative Training” and degrades
warfighter readiness. Some specific issues that the technologies the Navy is
seeking could address include smart/intelligent communication/simulation
routing, and communication/simulation compression over existing communication
circuits. The additional benefit from these sought technologies might be to
daily operational and tactical operations when the Fleet is being challenged by
GPC in a real-world command and control, degraded and denied environment
PHASE I: Create a
concept for software/hardware that design an information assured (IA) NSA
approved two-way transmission of simulation and mentor information via a single
circuit while all other circuits are being degraded and/or denied. Ensure that
the D2 environment does not affect the simulation and mentor information path
between the simulation distribution site and shore-based replicate at-sea node.
The proof of concept should demonstrate a shore site replicating a DTC and a
node replicating a shipboard training suite, transmitting simulation and mentor
data being passed two-way without any degradation or loss of data. Develop a
Phase II plan.
PHASE II: Build and test
a usable prototype of the software/hardware to be tested between a shore site
replicating a DTC and a ship pierside using actual Navy C2 circuits. Test the
prototype in a simulation on the ship that will be of a degraded and denied
environment (D2E) that affects major operational/tactical circuits while non-D2
mentor data are transmitted two-ways. The two-way mentor data will not be
degraded. The mentor and simulation data will be degraded between “10 to 15
percent”. Naval Simulation Center Pacific (NSCPAC), San Diego, CA with Tactical
Training Group Pacific (TTGP) will act as the DTC and a suitable Destroyer will
be assigned by the Surface TYCOM Command Naval Surface Forces – Pacific (CNSF)
to execute this test.
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Refine the prototype as necessary and make the technology
available to the Navy. The technology(ies) will be installed at TTGP and
onboard an assigned Destroyer at sea during a Live, Virtual, and Constructive
(LVC) Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) offshore on the West Coast
Tactical Training Range (WCTTR). Use of these technologies will help inform the
Navy Fleet Training Program on how to use Operational/Tactical circuits to
transport simulation and mentor data while at sea.
1. USFF N72/CPF N7.
“Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE) Interoperability Standard (NIS)
Version 1.2.2.” 20 August 2018. (Uploaded to SITIS on xx/xx/2019)
2. USFF N72/CPF N7.
“Fleet Training LVC Concept of Employment (CONEMP).” February 2016. (Uploaded
to SITIS on xx/xx/2019)
3. USFF N72/CPF N7.
“LVC Report to Congress.” March 2018. (Uploaded to SITIS on xx/xx/2019)
4. USFF N72/CPF N7.
“Fleet Synthetic Training Instruction.” 21 May 2018. (Uploaded to SITIS on
5. USFF N72/CPF N7. “LVC
Executive Agent (EA) Letter from the CNO.” February 2017. (Uploaded to SITIS on
6. “Fleet Training
Wholeness Strategy (FTWS).” 18 October 2018. (Uploaded to SITIS on xx/xx/2019)
KEYWORDS: Live; Virtual
and Constructive (LVC); Fleet Synthetic Training (FST); Fleet Synthetic
Training (FST) at Sea (FAS); Navy Training