Chief Engineer, Product Manager – Live Training Systems (PM LTS)
US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)
Mr. Smith has been employed by the United States Department of Defense for over 30 years and has served in multiple engineering and engineering leadership roles involving the procurement and fielding of training and simulation systems for the U.S. Army. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and he is an Acquisition Corps member with Level III Certification in the Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering career field.
Mr. Smith currently serves as the Chief Engineer for Live Training Systems for the Army’s Project Manager for Training Devices (PM TRADE) under the Army Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). Prior to his current assignment Mr. Smith performed as PM TRADE’s Chief Engineer for Combat Training Instrumentation Systems. Mr. Smith has also performed as a Chief Engineer for the PEO STRI Director of Engineering, where he functioned as the organization’s Standards Executive and represented the PEO on the Army Systems Engineering Forum and the Army Strategic Software Improvement Program.
Earlier in his career Mr. Smith performed multiple Lead Systems Engineer roles involving testing, production and fielding of the Acquisition Category II Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) Virtual Training program; led test team efforts in the acquisition and fielding of the Army's Combat Maneuver Training Center Instrumentation System (CMTC-IS) Live Training program; and served in Test Engineer and Project Engineer roles for several Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) ground and aviation Live Training device acquisition programs.
Embedded Engineer at US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)
US Army Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
W. Cory Bogler has been working in materiel acquisition since his graduation from East Stroudsburg University in 2009. He worked at the U.S. Army’s Armaments Research & Development Engineering Center (ARDEC) as a lead Computer Scientist on the M109A6 and M109A7’s Paladin Digital Fire Control System. During this time period, he also served as the Executive Secretary of the Ballistic Review Board, a Field Artillery-based consortium of acquisition professionals, and as a U.S. delegate at the NATO Subgroup 2 Shareable Software Suite (NATO S4). He relocated to Orlando, FL in early 2016 to serve as an embedded ARDEC engineer/liaison at PEO STRI, where he provides technical consultation on live training system acquisition efforts.
The US Army is investing in new technologies and processes as a means for inter-operation with other countries during live training. New systems are being developed with interoperability in mind, while existing systems are being examined for modification to support standardized interfaces.
The US Army performs live training using the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) product line, a set of laser-based training devices. Because of the custom hardware & software used on each Tactical Engagement Simulation System (TESS), these products employ unique methods for handling common tasks, such as Battle Damage Assessment and messaging between system components. These types of proprietary systems limit the opportunities for modification/addition of system components or capabilities.
The US Army’s Live Training Engagement Composition (LTEC) is an Army-owned TESS architecture framework and set of software services that aim to normalize the types of internal procedures used by live training systems. LTEC is not operating system- or hardware-dependent, allowing it to be used in many different applications. As the US continues to follow through on their requirements to support multi-national training, an international version of LTEC will be a valuable tool available to the international live training community.