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Staff Tactical Trainers  

System Context

Staff tactical trainers enable collective training within simulated combat environments, enabling units to practice current Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures (TTPs). An effective training system enables the staff to practice planning and execution skills, test tactics, and validate plans.


The military has long promoted the adage “train as you fight”. However, live training exercises are costly and time consuming, which reduces their frequency. Simulation-based training has become widespread as a means to fill the gaps between live training events but even traditional simulation centers, with their full-time support staffs and heavyweight wargaming systems, are expensive and require months to plan, coordinate, and execute training events.  

In order to meet the needs of today’s military staff, tactical training systems must be low-cost, low-overhead, and deployable, enabling training exercises to be conducted more frequently.  

MAK Staff Tactical Trainers

The MAK Staff Tactical Trainer is a full-featured trainer that can be tailored to the specific needs of training audience. Its features have been developed in close cooperation with the US Army, Marines, and Air Force, so it uses terminology and tasks that warfighters understand. It simulates tactical situations, stimulating staff interactions and the rapid decision-making needed to successfully conduct mission essential tasks.  

The MAK Staff Tactical Trainer has the following capabilities:

  • Simulation – It helps staff officers to develop warfighting skills by enabling them to:
  • Plan – Trainees collaborate on shared graphical overlays and planning documents to support their military decision making process.
  • Fight – When trainees are ready, they run the simulation and fight their plan against other players or a computer-directed enemy. During the exercise, trainees can work together to revise the plan and issue changes to subordinate unit commanders.
  • Review – It can record an exercise and play it back for After Action Review (AAR). Commanders and trainees can evaluate their actions, both individual and collective, as well as overall effectiveness.  
  • System Interoperability –MAK Staff Tactical Trainer can interact with and stimulate C2 systems and hardware.
  • Communication – The STT uses or emulates current tools for communication, incorporating real or simulated radios, VOIP, or text chat, as appropriate for the training environment.
  • Network Interoperability – The MAK Staff Tactical Trainer supports HLA, so it can be integrated easily with larger exercises such as those supported by the JNTC. Core technology: Battle Command.