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.