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Marines with Marine Air Ground Task Force-5, a 5th Marine Regiment led collection of units, take part in a combined arms staff trainer exercise aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 13, 2016. The exercise will prepare the unit for its upcoming deployment as Special Purpose MAGTF Crisis Response Central Command 16.2 by allowing it to execute all of its war fighting functions as a MAGTF. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Danielle Rodrigues / Released)


CACCTUS is a constructive training system providing a scenario driven, simulated environment in which Marines can practice the teamwork required to command, control and coordinate the use of supporting arms. CACCTUS supports training of Combined Arms Techniques, Tactics and Procedures (TTPs) for all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), from individual Fire Support Team (FiST) up to and including the Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB). This immersive environment integrates deployed C4I systems, provides 2D and 3D visuals, communication elements and After Action Review (AAR) capability. CACCTUS is composed of Government off-the shelf (GOTS), Commercial off-the shelf (COTS), and Non-Developmental Item (NDI) hardware and software.

Future versions of CACCTUS will include a Distributed Operations capability linking all Combined Arms Staff Trainer (CAST) facilities to allow for larger training events.

CACCTUS is located at Twentynine Palms, Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, Camp Hansen and MCB Hawaii.

Operational Impact

Using the system components, simulation capabilities, two- and three dimension visuals, interfaced Command, Control, Communication, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I), synthetic terrain, communication element 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. In 2018, CACCTUS will support training between CAST locations.

Program Status

IOC was achieved in November 2009 with FOC expected in 2019

Procurement Profile:
FY 2018 FY 2019 Quantity: 0 0 AAO= 5


Initial Development Contractor: Cole Engineering Services Inc., Orlando, FL

Current PDSS / Development Contractor:

Riptide Software, Inc.
2721 Discovery Drive, Suite 300,
Orlando, FL 32826

Corporate Offices:
200 East Palm Valley Dr. Suite 2000,
Oviedo, FL 32765






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