Alion lands Army training assistance work

Alion Science and Technology Corp. will provide the Army with technical and program management support for the development of a digital battle command system under a $14 million contract.

The three-year Modeling and Simulation Technical and Operational Reinforcement contract will support individual and group training exercises for the Army's III Corps Battle Command Training Branch, at Fort Hood, Texas.

Alion will develop battle command and simulation concepts and policies. The contract also includes the development of a digital battle command system, training plans and digital exercise architectures that integrate modeling and simulation tools into the Army's training systems, said Georgie McAteer, chief of the Army Battle Command Training Branch (BCTB) at Fort Hood, in a news release issued by Alion.

Alion currently assists BCTB with simulation-supported training scenarios, battle command architectures that replicate in-theater operations and the continuing development of the Warrior Skills Trainer, the Army's first convoy trainer.

More than 65,000 soldiers at Fort Hood have been trained for convoy duty in Iraq using the real-time, 3-D visualization of Baghdad streets, Alion said. The convoy simulator was developed jointly by III Corps and Alion.

Alion, of McLean, Va., ranks No. 31 on Washington Technology's 2008 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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