Proper medical training is critical to ensure that Service members are prepared for wartime deployment, with a particular training emphasis on supporting the en route care of patients from initial point of injury to continental U.S. (CONUS)-based military hospitals through several echelons. Currently, medical training is conducted within each Service “independently” (i.e., Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.). Additionally, there is a diverse repertoire of tools, devices, and approaches used to provide deployable training to Service members, ranging from devices (e.g., manikins) to computerized simulations, to formal didactic training through internet-based, video, or classroom style instruction. Further, there are deployment-specific training locations (such as the U.S. Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Team (USAF CCATT) or U.S. Army Medical Simulation Training Centers (MSTCs)) where more realistic “scenario-driven” training methods are employed to prepare individuals, squads, and units for wartime deployments.
Recent changes to military doctrine now require a multi-Service/joint response approach where many functions will no longer be unique to a particular Service. Therefore, there is a need for a multi-Service training program for joint-Service responses. The construction of integrated simulations and training modules for the JETS systems is the first step in a larger effort to integrate several training platforms toward a more standard, interoperable method of instruction with greater accessibility to an integrated and federated DoD Medical Simulation Enterprise.
The candidate JETS system delivers a modular, integrated, sustained, maintained, and modernized training platform to the DoD that will support training for individual, team, and unit skills across the complete chain of evacuation in the continuum of care.
This program is focused on developing operational architectures that will build a construct and flow of the JETS system where the operations, systems, and capability views are integrated using a single set of documents and diagrams. The research project award recipients, Information Visualization and Innovative Research (IVIR) Inc. and Simquest, were selected from among the offerors who responded to MTEC’s Request for Project Proposals (17-07-JETS).
Prototype of Joint Evacuation and Transport Simulation (JETS) System
Co-Primes: Information Visualization and Innovative Research (IVIR) Inc.; Simquest
Major Subcontractors: Aptima, Inc.; Pitch
Award Amount: IVIR: $1,975,737; SIMQUEST: $1,997,385
Project Duration: 18 months
Project Objectives: The mission of this project is to develop architectural models that will be used to guide the construction of integrated simulations and training modules for the JETS system, which will be used throughout the DOD’s medical departments. This study aims to add to the current body of knowledge by identifying and addressing gaps in joint en route care training and constructing a top-level interoperable architectural framework for a training system of systems.
The first phase will focus on creating prototype knowledge products that will interoperate and integrate with future programs within the Medical Simulation Enterprise (MSE). The project will produce designs for an overarching architecture—including a common, objective, and engineering-oriented lexicon—along with a governance strategy and a definition of shared services. The lexicon will be detailed in a draft Medical Modeling and Simulation (MMS) Federation Object Model (FOM). A collection of DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) views will be developed and integrated into the Capabilities Development Document (CDD).