Northrop to Support Army Senior Leader Training Program

by: Matthew Potter
August 16, 2011

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The U.S. Army as have the Marine Corps has been investing in increasingly sophisticated and realistic training for its Soldiers and Marines. These include utilizing not only computer simulations and models but also investing in terrain and cultural mock-ups such as complete Iraqi villages populated with “Iraqi civilians” to teach troops how to interact with the people. They have also created sophisticated close combat ranges to expose personnel to common fighting situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As part of the Army’s program they have established the Mission Command Training Program run out of the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS. This provides training for leaders and their staffs in conducting operations. It allows training teams with simulators to go to the field and aid the units in their training as well as observing the conduct of current operations and provide mentoring and advice.

Northrop Grumman (NOC) has just won a contract to support this program. They were awarded a one year base with four option year contract that could be worth up to $388 million if all options are awarded. This contract is a continuation of others that the company has executed providing training support to the Army since the 1990’s.

The MCTP trains all levels of headquarters from battalion to Corps prior to deployment. It also assists them once they are deployed. Northrop personnel will work at Leavenworth as well as across the world as the MCTP visits deployed units or those based overseas.

As the U.S. defense budget grows smaller one way to save money is to invest in computer based training. This is cheaper overall then deploying whole units to locations to conduct exercises that consume fuel, ammunition and increase the maintenance load requiring funds for parts and labor to keep vehicles and systems operational. Of course this cannot completely substitute for realistic field training and as long as the U.S. military is fighting overseas that will have to continue.

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