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Arrow Pentagon Looks into Virtual Reality to Prepare Troops for Nuclear War

Pentagon Looks into Virtual Reality to Prepare Troops for Nuclear War
By: Jack Corrigan - NEXTGOV - 7-5-19

The tech would let troops run through more exercises more frequently and at less cost than traditional training in the real world.

The Defense Department is considering investing in virtual reality platforms to prepare troops to face nuclear threats.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency on Tuesday began seeking information on virtual reality training systems that would allow troops to rehearse different scenarios involving “radiological threats.”

The agency, which focuses on countering weapons of mass destruction, could one day use the tech to train troops to intercept radiological weapons on the battlefield, respond to radioactive contamination and even prepare for full-fledged nuclear war, officials wrote in the solicitation.

While virtual and augmented platforms wouldn’t entirely replace the agency’s current training regimen, they would expose troops to more training exercises than they could ever experience in the real world. Physical training is expensive and time-consuming, but through virtual reality, troops could run through more exercises more frequently and at a lower cost.

Under the solicitation, officials are looking for industry to outline their own virtual reality platforms, the hardware required to use them and how environments can be modified to accommodate new exercises.

Officials plan to use the information collected under the solicitation to inform potential future acquisitions. Responses are due Aug. 12.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Pentagon turned to virtual platforms to train troops for real-world scenarios.

Last year, Microsoft won a $480 million contract with the Army to adapt its HoloLens augmented reality headsets for use in military training and combat operations. The headsets would be outfitted with artificial intelligence and machine-learning capabilities, and provide troops with “increased lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.”

In February, Microsoft employees wrote a letter to executives demanding the company pull out of the contract, saying they “refuse to create technology for warfare and oppression.” The company opted to stand by its partnership with the Pentagon.


Personal note: As you knew I'd have one.

Guys! There "are no winners" in an all out NUCLEAR WAR! The majority of civilians will be killed - once all hell breaks loose. Of course the White House will take shelter in bunkers underground with food and shelter. Those Civvies (US!!) will suffer the impacts and radiation poison. Talk about the wrong subject this is it. If the WORLDS SO CALL LEADERS of those Countries can take shelter and all of its people are left to take the impacts - I DON'T THINK SO! This is why there are NO WINNERS IN A NUCLEAR WAR. Making a bunker or underground shelter for ONLY OUR LEADERSHIP is BULLSHIT! When it comes -I want THEN to suffer the same effects as we CIVVIES be subjected to.

Talking like this makes me angry AS HELL thinking they can hide for awhile - while the rest of us take the impacts and after effects. BS!! Going underground in bunker while the world burns is only a temporary reprieve from the inevitable. This is why we need to eliminate these God Awful Weapons.

This is the only planet that we have to live or that exist at this time in our sector of space.

If there is a God - he should strike down those Leaders who considered such world wide annihilation & devastation. Mankind - We are not so smart as to believe we could survive an all out nuclear war. The suffering and pain will kill the weak and sick first. Radiation and starvation will take the rest.

Last written word on Earth will most likely be - I TOLD YOU SO!!


O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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