On September 6, the U.S. Army posted a request for information for its Games for Training (GFT) Next Generation Game (NGG) program. Responses are due no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on September 28.
The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) is conducting market research to determine interested sources and technology capabilities of potential offerors for the procurement of Army enterprise gaming training solutions and components.
The Government requests information from industry partners to gain knowledge of their capabilities that will fulfill the requirements for the GFT NGG game-based training simulation.
PEO STRI, through requirements provided by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capabilities Manager Virtual and Gaming, has a need for a game-based solution to train individual Soldiers at echelons battalion and below in a shared environment, providing military task functionality across key warfighter functions, and with varying levels of immersion. The Government requests information from industry partners to gain knowledge of their capabilities that will fulfill the requirements for the GFT NGG game-based training simulation.
The US Army, PEO STRI are developing Modeling and Simulation (M&S) strategies to harness commercial investments (e.g. gaming technology) to facilitate objectives of collective training. While the US Army works towards the mid/long term objectives in the Synthetic Training Environment (STE), it is key that an enhanced gaming capability is fielded to sustain and improve our collective training capability in the near term. The Games for Training (GFT) Next Generation Game (NGG) training capability is a step in this direction to enable Army units and leaders to conduct realistic multi-echelon/multi-domain combined arms maneuver and mission command training increasing proficiency through repetition.
The GFT NGG effort will take advantage of emerging commercial gaming technologies. PEO STRI is interested in the potential application of modular gaming framework theories as related to GFT NGG in order to enhance longevity and relevancy of Army TADSS investments. Respondents to this RFI are encouraged to discuss how a modular design may be employed, designation of key interfaces, usability of open standards, and how conformance and performance will be certified.
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