DVIDS – News – Pa National Guard Launches New Intelligence Electronic Warfare Tactical Skills Trainer
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa .– The Pennsylvania Army National Guard has filled a gap in the training of soldiers in military intelligence occupational specialties (MOS) with the recent launch of the Electronic Warfare Intelligence (IEW) program and commissioning Intelligence Electronics Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer (IEWPT).
Located in the Fort Indiantown Gap Mission Training Complex, the IWTPT enables units to perform comprehensive training exercises. The trainer has two parts, an upper enclave and a lower enclave.
“We are filling a void where training has never existed,” said James Lee Simmons Jr., IEW program manager at the Mission Training Complex. “It is still the responsibility of the units to implement hip bag training that they could incorporate into the training program of these soldiers.”
Much of what the Series 35 (intelligence) soldiers do is mental rather than physical, so creating an environment that exercises the soldiers’ minds is very important, Simmons said.
“Our goal is that when you walk through our doors you are no longer in cantonment, you really feel in a field environment,” said Simmons, adding that the trainer understands simulated background noise.
In addition, the IEW program offers the use of the HUMINT (Human Intelligence) control cell (HCC). There are two systems, each with a position for a primary and auxiliary trainee and an instructor that can generate over 50 scenarios.
The site also includes a linguistic and cultural resource support center to help soldiers acquire or maintain their language skills, as they must pass an annual test to maintain the proficiency qualifier and the additional salary that entitles them. In addition to supporting language proficiency, the center also offers soldiers the opportunity to learn about the customs and courtesies of areas where they may be operating.
“I loved this training,” said SPC. Brent Martin, human intelligence analyst with the 28th Infantry Division who studied Arabic at the Defense Language Institute. “I think this is the best training we can do as exercise HUMINT-ers, and also as someone who has been trained as a linguist at DLI, it is also beneficial because they actually speak Arabic in the script. They will translate your question into Arabic, they will answer in Arabic, and then it will come back to you as an answer in English. “
The IEW program created a virtual scenario in which Martin could practice tactical questioning, which comes closest to actual 35M MOS training since joining the 28th ID in 2018. He said he enjoyed doing something relevant to the area of exercise intelligence rather than paperwork -MOS specific training.
The key element of the system is the soldier’s engagement with the avatar, which is virtual and gamified, according to Parker Lafon, an IEW entrepreneur. The soldier speaks directly to the avatar, who then responds intuitively, in real time.
This system replaces the high production of time, effort and cost required to train with live and contract role players.
“The realm of intelligence is based on confirmation or denial. We think something is the case, so now I’m going to send an asset to do ISR, ”Simmons said. “If I’m bad at analysis, I’ll send assets to empty fields and barren sands; If I’m good, my ISR assets will be able to respond to critical intelligence gaps that allow the commander to make informed decisions. ”
The IEW program allows soldiers to fully execute their processes and test them as realistically as possible in a training environment. For example, in many previous training scenarios, soldiers would simply receive a note card or receive an email with information. This is not how information is transferred into the operating environment and is therefore unrealistic.
“We are looking to create an immersive training environment,” said Simmons.
Prior to the IEW program, there was no system to simulate an intelligence flow in a training environment, and soldiers with these MOSs often require so much intelligence-based system support that adequate training was required. almost impossible on an exercise weekend, Simmons said.
As IEW systems become more widely available, it is only the third to become available nationally in early 2020. Units from the New York and Virginia National Guards have expressed interest in using the system. , which can easily be transported out of state or used by these units here.
“We will go wherever a soldier needs to be trained,” Simmons said. “We are trying to be the one stop shop for Intel training. Tell me what scenario you want, I’m telling you I have a building with the offices and systems in place, all you have to do is show up with the will to practice.
Simmons and Lafon are like a marksmanship instructor working as an Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) operator. Knowing how to fire a weapon is not necessary to operate the EST, but if you have a qualified marksmanship instructor as the EST operator, your training and value is maximized. With a total military intelligence experience of nearly 40 years, Simmons and Lafon use their knowledge and experiences to ensure that soldiers don’t just follow training movements, but are deeply engaged and encouraged to reflect and analyze.
Simmons pointed out that there is a big difference between showing up for exercise and doing meaningful and relevant training.
“When soldiers get to do what they signed up to do, they are much more excited to be in training than they ever are to just be in exercise,” he said. .
Anyone interested in the IEW or MTC program at Fort Indiantown Gap is encouraged to contact James Simmons at: [email protected]
|Date posted:||05/27/2021 08:09|
|Location:||FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA, United States|
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