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  • Scientists watch soldiers sample simulated leaking chemical weapons in an underground facility in order to get a better idea of both the bulky protective gear soldiers must wear as well as the dark, constrained environments they sometimes work in. (Photo by Stacy Smenos, Dugway Proving Ground)

    DOD wants to use virtual reality to train troops for nuclear threats

    The Pentagon wants to use AR and VR to equip troops with the skills to be ready to fight in a nuclear war.

  • Army Virtual Training
    U.S. Army Spc. Terry Taylor, with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s Alpha Company, 104th Brigade Engineer Battalion, fires at virtual targets on an Unstabilized Gunnery Trainer at the Joint Training and Training Development Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 24, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

    Army contracts for global training simulators

    The Army awarded two OTAs for 3D simulators that could train warfighters in an estimated 400 locations.

  • U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to 412th Aviation Support Battalion, conduct training using the Dismounted Soldier Training System at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Dec. 11, 2013. The DSTS is a fully-immersive virtual simulation for infantry. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger)

    GAO dings Army on its management of virtual training devices

    The Army can improve the way it manages virtual training devices to help them be used more in operational training, a watchdog report has found. A recently-released Government Accountability Office report says the Army needs to do better analysis, both before using the devices and after, to better integrate them into operational training. The report also recommended the Army give more guidance on how to use virtual devices in operational training, and explore ways to more consistently incorporate virtual devices into its training strategies.