General Dynamics to enhance and upgrade Army intelligence and Electronic Warfare (EW) simulation

ORLANDO, Fla. – Simulation and training experts at General Dynamics Corp. will enhance the capabilities of a U.S. Army intelligence and electronic warfare (EW) electronic simulator to improve the training of U.S. military intelligence analysts.

Feb 22nd, 2017
General Dynamics to enhance and upgrade Army intelligence and Electronic Warfare (EW) simulation
General Dynamics to enhance and upgrade Army intelligence and Electronic Warfare (EW) simulation
ORLANDO, Fla. –Simulation and training experts at General Dynamics Corp. will enhance the capabilities of a U.S. Army intelligence and electronic warfare (EW) electronic simulator to improve the training of U.S. military intelligence analysts.

Officials of the Army Program Executive for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in Orlando, Fla., announced a $9.7 million contract last week to the General Dynamics Corp. Mission Systems segment in Laurel, Md., for enhancements to the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer (IEWTPT).

The IEWTPT simulates and stimulates military intelligence warfighting equipment and tools to provide proficiency and sustainment training for military intelligence personnel, battle staff, system operators, collectors, and analysts.

Army intelligence experts are asking General Dynamics to start with the existing IEWTPT block 1 baseline and add block 2 military intelligence training capabilities to augment, enhance, and improve the current IEWTPT's military intelligence training capabilities.

In addition, the Army is asking General Dynamics to bring the IEWTPT block 2's enhanced capabilities to full operational capability, which means all Army units and organizations that need it receive a system, can use it, and maintain it as necessary.

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The IEWTPT block 1 baseline has two major components: the technical control cell (TCC), and the human intelligence control cell (HCC). General Dynamics Mission Systems is the IEWTPT block 1 designer.

The TCC is a dual-enclave system to help develop, manage, and control training events. It creates a simulated data environment that supports the Army's all-source, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) training needs.

It can provide multi-level training capabilities at the secret collateral, top secret, and sensitive compartmented information levels, and can control, play back, and generate after-action reviews.

The HCC provides sustainment training for human intelligence and counter-intelligence collectors in an immersive virtual training environment.

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The HCC uses avatars and speech recognition software to support soldiers and human intelligence and counter-intelligence collectors to refine and sustain their skills in tactical questioning, interrogation, screening, and use of an interpreter through free-flowing conversation with human-like characters.

IEWTPT block 1 subcomponents include the enclave bridge -- an IEWTPT cross-domain solution that passes data one-way from low security to high security in a dual-enclave technical control cell; and target signature arrays -- simulation interfaces to other intelligence systems.

Overall, the IEWTPT provides military commanders at all echelons with the ability to train intelligence warfighting while working on real-world military intelligence equipment.

On this job General Dynamics will do the work in Orlando, Fla., and should be finished by February 2021. For more information contact General Dynamics Mission Systems online at http://gdmissionsystems.com, or the Army's PEO STRI at www.peostri.army.mil.

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