Cubic Expands Military Education Services at Two Southeast Air Force Bases
For its part, Cubic’s Simulation Systems Division, part of the Cubic Defense Applications Group, stands to gain $667,000 in new task orders, which positions the company to potentially benefit from a projected transfer in 2004 of the C2WS to Air Education and Training Command (AETC), where various curriculum expansion proposals are currently under review.
Cubic is also teamed with Northrop Grumman Information Technology at the AETC’s College of Aerospace Doctrine Research and Education (CADRE) at Maxwell AFB, Ala., to provide continuing education courses to Air Force reservists and joint warfighters on operational and strategic aerospace warfare. Cubic has had a presence at Maxwell since 1997 when it began supporting the Doctrine Education Division of the Warfare Studies Institute. This support has included providing subject matter expertise in U.S. Air Force and joint doctrine, multimedia technologies, platform lectures, seminar discussions and distance learning programs.
The Northrop Grumman team began support to the United States Air Force’s 52-year-old C2WS institution in January of this year and is currently providing more than 60 personnel to support the numerous training activities of the school. Instruction includes aerospace doctrine and its relationship to the command, control, and employment of aerospace forces; airspace control as it affects the employment of combat aircraft weapons systems; and operational planning considerations for air operations.
Graduating more than 1,800 warfighters annually, the C2WS provides instruction to joint service personnel on doctrinal procedures for air operations center (AOC) training that emphasizes real-world world plans and procedures. The school provides a seven-course curriculum using advanced computer systems and distributed technology to provide training for all ranks, from junior enlisted personnel to general and flag officers.
“Cubic’s well-deserved reputation for providing high-quality training to military customers made it a natural for a spot on the team and as part of the successful bid,” said John Davis, Cubic’s site manager at Hurlburt Field. “Cubic is demonstrating to the Air Force what the rest of DoD has known for sometime.”
Davis recently hired nine additional personnel, bringing the total number of Cubic employees at Hurlburt to 11. Prior to the recent award, Cubic employees at Hurlburt Field supported the Joint Staff J-7 in developing the Joint Forces Air Component Commander Master Training Guide and Joint Program of Instruction. Davis said that it is especially rewarding for Cubic to be able to take the results of much of that work and see it through to application in the C2WS curricula. As part of the Northrop Grumman Team, Cubic personnel will provide instruction and be responsible for much of the development and maintenance of C2WS courseware.
“With the ongoing development of a Formal Training Unit for the AOC by FY04, the opportunity for additional Cubic growth in the next 12 to 24 months is strong,” Davis said.
Barry Fulbright, Cubic’s site manager at Maxwell AFB, said Cubic employees based at Maxwell recently completed three Distance Learning products for the Air Force: the Web-based Aerospace Power Course, the Wartime Planning Mid-Level Supervisor Primer CD-ROM and the Information Operations Basics Course CD-ROM. The employees are also working on two additional Distance Learning products, one for Air Force ROTC and another as a prerequisite course for the CADRE residence course.
“With the challenging global warfighting responsibilities our armed forces are faced with today, our role in educating Air Force warfighters is both rewarding and exciting,” Fulbright said. “Cubic’s relationship with our customer is nothing short of outstanding and we serve as an integral partner in accomplishing CADRE’s warfighter education mission.”
Military education is one of the specialties of the Cubic Defense Applications group, one of Cubic Corporation’s two major segments. The Cubic Defense Applications group also provides instrumented air and ground combat training systems, simulations and simulation support for U. S. and allied military forces. The group also produces high technology avionics, data links and communications products for government and commercial customers, and a wide range of technical and logistics services. The corporation’s other major segment, Cubic Transportation Systems, designs and manufactures automatic fare collection systems for public mass transit authorities. For more information about Cubic, see the company’ web site at www.cubic.com.