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Training Superiority (DARWARS)

   

DARWARS LogoThe Training Superiority program aims to transform military training by providing continuously available, on-demand, mission-level training for all forces at all echelons. Specifically, the program is developing, in areas of high military importance, new kinds of cognitive training systems that include elements of human-tutor interactions and the emotional involvement of computer games coupled with the feedback of Combat Training Center learning. Using the example of commercial, persistent, massive multiplayer online games, the program will link these new training approaches with existing Service and Joint training systems into a self-sustaining architecture, allowing continuous on-demand training anywhere, anytime, for everyone.

This will combine real-time generation, maintenance, update, and modification of the training war scenario.

Program successes include—

  • Development and transition of the Tactical Language and Culture Training PC-game-based tutors that provide working knowledge of gesture, culture, and mission-oriented vocabulary for the solider through the use of arcade games and a simulated mission environment where the student must recognize and respond to conversational Iraqi Arabic and Afghani Pashto. This technology is made possible through the integration of artificial intelligence, speech recognition, learning, and gaming technologies.
  • Development and transition of DARWARS Ambush! PC-game-based, squad-level, multi-user, lessons-learned, convoy-ambush tool that trains squads and their commanders to recognize and respond to the perils of convoy ambushes. This tool trains soldiers, Marines, and airmen across the country and at bases in Germany, Italy, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2006, more than 20,000 individuals trained using DARWARS Ambush! soldier-authorable simulation tools.

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