Training for Real-Life Combat in a Virtual World

N.C. National Guard armored brigade uses WARSIM to stay sharp during recent exercise at Ft. Fisher
 

WARSIM Lockheed Martin’s WARSIM virtual environment connects to the military’s command and control equipment so soldiers can practice with the actual systems they would use during a mission.

In video games like Command & Conquer and Age of Empires, players act as the general and pit their forces against enemies to test battle strategy. But virtual worlds aren’t just for gaming. Lockheed Martin’s WARSIM – a sophisticated virtual environment – helps real-life commanders test their mettle.

The North Carolina National Guard's 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team recently wrapped up a training exercise at Ft. Fisher, N.C., using WARSIM as the virtual environment. During the 10-day exercise in January, the brigade replicated deploying to help an allied nation regain control and restore its borders after an invasion by a neighboring country.

Designed for realism by Lockheed Martin, WARSIM provides an operational environment for battle staff to work collaboratively and safely see the results of their decisions. WARSIM connects to the military’s command and control equipment so soldiers can practice with the actual systems they would use during a mission.

“They can read the doctrine, (and) they can read the tactics, techniques and procedures. But now they have a great opportunity to apply that in this operation,” said Col. David Imhof, operations instructor, U.S. Army Mission Command Training Program, in a news report by WWAY in Wilmington, N.C.

Lockheed Martin is focused on WARSIM’s integration with other systems as the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation plans for the Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability, a modeling and simulation software capability that contributes to the Army’s joint training functional concept.

WARSIM serves as the cornerstone for constructive training – the use of simulated environments for command and staff training. Integrating live, virtual and constructive training systems continues to increase in importance to reduce costs and help troops prepare for a hybrid environment that could span humanitarian, peacekeeping and counterinsurgency missions.

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 Posted on January 31, 2013