Northrop Grumman has won a three-year, $103 million contract to support the U.S. National Guard Bureau’s three Mission Training Complexes.
Northrop takes over from General Dynamics in supporting the regional MTCs at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Camp Dodge, Iowa; and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. The MTCs are part of the Army National Guard’s Mission Command Training Support Program, which mirrors the Active’s Army’s Mission Command Training Capability. In addition to training facilities, the MTCs assist home station training by Guard units through mobile training teams equipped to provide live, virtual and constructive training.
One problem Northrop will address is occasional shortages of training teams.
“In the past, if Camp Dodge ran out of capability, then they were out of capability,” said Doug Tystad, Northrop’s MCTSP program manager. Northrop’s solution is to standardize the teams across all three MTCs so they can cover for each other. “It is a horizontal approach where the MTCs coordinate among each to make certain we cover all of the priority training requirements,” Tystad said.
The new flexibility is already being demonstrated.
“We have to train some folks at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, in March,” Tystad said. “The teams at Camp Dodge can’t handle it during that particular weekend, so the Fort Leavenworth team will do it.”
The MTCs will also be more vertically integrated to give MTC commanders more control over training in their region.
“In the previous contract, they had MTCs and separate teams that coordinated training. Now, all of the training is coordinated through the MTCs. So that if Camp Dodge is responsible for a specific geographic region and the units within it, that MTC commander knows what’s going within that region,” Tystad said.
The result will be better training, he predicts: “When National Guard units request support, based on their priority in the ARFORGEN [Army Force Generation] cycle, they will see a much more responsive organization.”