Combined Arms Command And Control Training Upgrade System (CACCTUS)


CACCTUS is an upgrade to the USMCs Combined Arms Staff Trainer (CAST) facilities. Using the system components and capabilities - simulation, 2D and 3D visuals, interfaced C4I, synthetic terrain, and an After Action Review, the concept of operations for the CACCTUS system is to immerse the trainees in a realistic, scenario-driven environment to enable commanders and their battle staffs to train or rehearse combined arms tactics, techniques and procedures and decision-making processes. The system can currently support training up to and including the regimental level. The CACCTUS project will ultimately provide inter-operability between the CAST and other Marine Corps Air and Ground Training devices. It will provide fire support training for Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) elements up to and including the MEB level. All five CACCTUS training systems will be integrated through a common network architecture and will provide the capability to accomplish distributed training. The CAST training system will be capable of integration with other Marine Corps Air and Ground Training systems in order to provide fire support training to the Fleet Marine Forces.

Operational Impact:

  • Provides a constructive model, scenario driven, simulated environment in which Marines practice teamwork required to command, control and coordinate the use of supporting arms Supports training of Combined Arms Techniques, Tactics and Procedures for all elements of the MAGTF, from individual Fire Support Team up to and including the Marine Expeditionary Brigade Provides an immersive environment that integrates Command and Control systems, provides 2D / 3D visuals, communication elements and After Action Review capability Provides a distributed training capability linking Combined Arms Staff Trainer facilities to allow for larger training events

Benefits of Training:

  • Provides fire support training for Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) elements up to and including the MEB level.


  • In CACCTUS, Marines can build complex fire and maneuver packages and submit them to battalion and regimental staffs for approval. Thus, the unit Fire Support Coordination Center (FSCC) and Direct Air Support Center (DASC) train in clearance of missions, coordination of air and fire planning, and control of maneuver in conjunction with supporting arms. Often associated only with Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) preparation, CACCTUS is open to tenant and visiting units to challenge staffs in the art of combined arms.

C41 Gear Systems Supported:

  • Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System
  • Blue Force Tracker
  • Joint Tactical Cop Work-Station - Command & Control Personal Computer (JTCWC2PC)
  • Command Post of the Future (CPOF)
  • Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System


  • Camp Pendleton, CA
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC
  • MCAGCC 29 Palms. CA
  • Camp Hansen, Okinawa, JPN

Download the PDF to see the list of T&R events that can be accomplished utilizing the CACCTUS.
Combined Arms Command And Control Training Upgrade System Portfolio Manager

Portfolio Manager : Anthony Regner

Email : anthony.regner@usmc.mi

Phone Number : (703) 432-2353

Marine Corps Training and Education Command