The COBRAS synthetic theater of war exercise trial: report on development, results, and lessons learned
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 135 pages
"This report details the design and development process for the Synthetic Theater of War (STOW) exercise produced in the COBRAS III project. The exercise was to serve as the vehicle for three primary research areas: training support package and resource requirements, technology and infrastructure requirements, and potential for training value. The multiechelon training audience of the Brigade Combat Team included the brigade commander and staff, the commander and staff of one battalion task force (TF), and the line company commanders, first sergeants, fire support team leaders, and scout platoon of that TF. The STOW environment linked constructive simulation (the Brigade/Battalion Battle Simulation BBS and Modular Semi-Automated Forces ModSAF) and virtual simulation (Simulation Networking SIMNET) and reconfigurable simulators). The trial implementation in February - March 1998 involved members of TF 1-101, 3rd Brigade, and 42nd Infantry Division of the New York National Guard, along with supporting participants from the Force XXI Training Program, contracted logistics support (CLS) staffs, and the COBRAS Team. Training support was found to be manageable but resource-intensive. Technology and infrastructure findings were mixed: the systems promise exciting training opportunities, but there were many suggestions for improvement from participants. From the unit members' point of view, the exercise provided valuable training, and there was strong support for continued STOW and reconfigurable simulator development and use."--Stinet.
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1-101 Subordinate Unit 3rd Bde 42nd ID activities Army Research Institute Battalion Observer Warthog battalion staff battle battlefield BBS workstation BBSE brigade and battalion brigade commander Brigade Staff Comments COBRAS combat Comments continued commo communications components Coordinator CTCP DATK disaggregated distributed interactive simulation environment evaluation execution FASCAM feedback sessions fire support forces Forces Research Unit FXXITP guidance HMMWV implementation interactors Knox maneuver MDMP minefield mission ModSAF multiechelon operations OPFOR OPORD performance objectives personnel planning and preparation Platoon Leader problems realistic Recon reconfigurable simulators reconnaissance rehearsal reported role-players scenario schedule scout platoon SIMNET simulation-based training specific STOW Concept STOW exercise STOW technology STOW-ET STOW-type exercises Support Platoon supporting participants tactical terrain TF 1-101 Subordinate TF in virtual training audience members Training Program training support package training value TSP materials vehicles virtual simulation workaround