Business case analysis of future immersive training environment (FITE) joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD)
Jeanpierre, Jason G.
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Advances in technology have allowed the Armed Forces to approach training in ways that might enhance current training methods and experiences. Modeling and simulation is a key enabler of Pentagon activities in acquisition, analysis, experimentation, planning, test and evaluation, and training. In June 2009, General Mattis was quoted as saying; “Simulators using gaming technology currently available, can be resourced to replicate the close combat where we take most of our casualties under the most ethically bruising conditions” . The Future Immersive Training Environment (FITE) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) is a program aimed at training Soldiers and leaders to be adaptable, capable of responding to rapidly changing situations, and attuned to cultural conditions, in addition to being proficient in high intensity combat operations. With FITE JCTD, it is proposed that virtual simulation could be used not only to train for relatively straight forward combat operations, but also to train the decision making and command and control skills that small unit leaders and Soldiers need in the current operating environment. The purpose of this study is to analyze the cost savings, as well as other benefits associated with the execution of the FITE JCTD program. This thesis conducts a business case analysis (BCA), including a baseline analysis and an extensive sensitivity analysis focusing on the Return on Investment (ROI) of FITE JCTD and its capability to support transition decisions of FITE JCTD. The analysis shows for both the 5- and 10-year time horizons, the United States Marine Corp (USMC) and the Army should invest in the Motion Reality Force Simulation (VIRTSIM). This program yielded an ROI of over 1700% for a 5-year time horizon, and over 3400% for a 10-year time horizon.
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