Orlando, Florida’s Central Florida Research Park will soon be the home of the U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team.

The STE-CFT, which is spearheading the Army’s efforts to modernize training, uses state-of-the-art technology to bring together virtual and real-world environments to better prepare and protect soldiers. Beginning this spring, the team will operate from University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Partnership IV building, where they will work alongside the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation and a contingent of researchers from UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. The arrival of the STE-CFT was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site of the new lab.

Currently based at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the STE-CFT will relocate its lab, operations and 35 technical and administrative employees to their new location in the Partnership IV building. STE enables the current and future training environment, providing commanders with the ability to train as they will fight—with organic equipment, opposing forces and terrain.

A contingent of modeling and simulation researchers from UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training will occupy 2,200 square feet in the Partnership IV building space, colocating with Army personnel in the new lab space to assist in developing new training technology.