Method of Operations
Customer-Driven Business Model
A Focus on Training and Performance Outcomes
- Minimize product lifecycle cost by planning for innovation and expansion rather than obsolescence
- Operate as a closed loop to accelerate product delivery, then iteratively harden the system with each use
- Manage service costs through a flexible staffing model designed to rapidly and efficiently scale for short periods in any location
We Come to You
We have deployed the FlexTrain system in more than 32 customer locations across the continental United States, in support of more than 82,000 personnel. We are standing by to support your operations, wherever they may be.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are Ravenswood’s capabilities with regards to instrumented live training (ILT) for military forces and security forces?
Ravenswood has developed the Mobile Ground Truth System, a rapidly deployable, GPS-based, ruggedly extensible instrumented live training system. The system tracks
vehicles and participants to the individual level, allowing unit leaders to monitor events in real time and replay scenarios in instrumented after-action reviews. This includes facilities for military operations in urban terrain, known as MOUT.
The system can be scaled to the needs of the client, no matter the size or level. The software heart of our system, ORION, is a state-of-the-art exercise control platform capable of integrating any number of sensor inputs, across the live-synthetic domains.
2. For training events, how do you achieve realistic environments over a range of terrains while ensuring the required instrumentation is in place?
For each client, we engage in a thorough planning process to ensure we understand the commander’s intent and goals of the training. We use these desired outcomes to build realistic scenarios that require the training audience to react as they would in a real environment.
During the training, we can increase the scenario complexity as necessary in order to meet the leadership’s learning objectives. As part of the scenario build, we model and analyze the terrain to ensure the instrumentation and training are optimally located to provide the highest-quality feedback.
3. How do your systems support post-exercise performance assessment?
The MGTS has a number of features that enhance learning. It includes near-real-time instrumented after-action review (AAR) capability for full 3D playback. The dynamic common operating picture can be displayed on-site throughout the training. The interactive AAR, which includes geo-referenced and time-synchronized video, allows the training audience to get immediate, easily understandable feedback within minutes of completing a scenario.
The second feature we have been working on is automated performance assessment, whereby the system evaluates the training based on preprogrammed objectives. The system can flag key events so that during an AAR, the training unit can see not only what they did, but also, potentially, what they should have done.
4. Training exercises require an enormous amount of organization and planning. How do you support customers to achieve a successful event?
Ravenswood strives to provide the best combination of capability and price, tailored to our clients’ schedules, budgets and commander’s intent. For many customers, we support the event from beginning to end. We show up with any combination of equipment, subject matter experts, and tailorable scenarios to help them achieve their training goals. We then provide the support necessary to facilitate a high-quality training event, including battlefield immersion and effects such as role players and simulated IEDs.
At the conclusion of an exercise, we pack everything up. This allows the training leadership to focus simply on their unit getting the most out of the event.
5. What do your test and evaluation services involve?
For test and evaluation (T&E) events, we provide a data-aggregating truth system so that customers can analyze their tests based on objective, reliable, high-fidelity data, rather than subjective observation. This is a valuable resource for system evaluations as well as tactical evaluations. For example, if a client needed to assess the geographic range at which a system under test might perform, it can use the MGTS system to track and analyze exact distances, what type of terrain the system went through and the timing of critical events.
6. How do you drive innovation to develop new capabilities?
Ravenswood’s engineering staff manages the full life cycle of products and services: research and development, prototyping, testing, deployment, operations, and sustainment. Our team operates as a closed loop in which the field and sustainment teams help to drive requirements (through close contact with our client base) and support product development.
Our product development team is located in Silicon Valley and has access to emerging technologies. This loop allows us to quickly field new innovations.
Ravenswood’s processes keep our systems at the forefront of industry trends as we work with our clients to address future field requirements.