Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS)

Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation

JCATS is an entity level constructive simulation. Commanders can use JCATS for purposes similar to MTWS.

JCATS can model units down to the individual level, providing a higher level of resolution than MTWS. Typically, MTWS better suits the MAGTF warfighter's training needs, but JCATS provides better fidelity for certain training applications. For example, a unit who desires to use a UAS platform cannot see entities in MTWS, so JCATS is a better fit.

The BSC accomplishes UAS feeds using Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) or Night Vision Electronics Sensor Toolkit (NVESD).

The recommended training time for a typical MTWS exercise is:

  • 1 Day – Exercise planning/Scenario Development (differs based on experience level of unit)
  • 2 Days – Operator training
  • 2 Days – Exercise


Training Applications

  • Company, battalion, and up to regimental staff operations.
  • Familiarity with C2 concepts and visualizations.
  • Staff training exercises the following skills:
    • Fire Support
    • Offensive
    • Defensive
    • ACM
    • Close Air Support (CAS)
    • Ship to shore movement
    • Logistics
    • Naval surface warfare
    • Carrier operations
    • Opposing force


Locations & capacities

Mainside, Building 1655 classroom with ability to distribute the common operating picture (COP) to MISTC or CP’s in various local or geographically dispersed locations.


Simulation Officer 760-830-8439
Site Manager, CAI 760-830-1366
Camp Wilson Simulators 760-830-4643
Bldg 1707 ISMT 760-830-3143
CACCTUS 760-830-1382
COE Lab 760-830-5622
ITESS 760-830-7544
MISTC 760-830-9240
SAVT 760-362-2324
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms