GAMING TO VICTORY: Synthetic Training for Future Combat

GAMING TO VICTORY: Synthetic Training for Future Combat

While the U.S. military has experienced some networked — cyber, electronic, and information — attacks in battle, it has yet to fully face a near peer competitor, like Russia or China, in this domain. In this editorial, Assistant Professor of Cyber Defense at Salve Regina University, a Fellow in Defense Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, and a PhD candidate in War Studies at King’s College London, Jennifer McArdle, argues that in the absence of a rich networked-infused battlefield experience, realistic training provides the best source of preparation prior to the crucible of high-end combat. The synthetic training environment — computer-generated forces in a virtual environment — is essential to provide the requisite fidelity to mimic future networked combat.

Download this article to learn more about how the military is:

  • Modernizing training, injecting greater realism into the military’s training environment to best reflect current and future threats
  • Building integrated and interoperable learning systems
  • Driving adoption of innovative learning technology such as VR, gaming and more!



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